Monday, 1 December 2008

Vashti Bunyan and Serge Gainsbourg flicks on the way...somewhere

First, the Vashti Bunyan film. Created by Kieran Evans, the man behind Finisterre (the documentary about London co-created with Saint Etienne), Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before had its world premiere recently at the 52nd Times BFI London International Film Festival. Then it screened at a festival in Copenhagen. Then...well...they don't have any info on their website. It sounds pretty awesome though; it includes footage of Bunyan prepping for her first big concert in London after being rediscovered, interviews with media-declared chief rediscoverer Devendra Banhart, original V-Bun supporters like Joe Boyd, and so much more. Plus it recreates the cross-Britain horse-and-buggy journey Vashti Bunyan took to join a commune and hang out with Donovan back in the day. The horse-and-buggy stuff: definitely true. The Donovan stuff: true according to some website I read last night.

Next: the Serge Gainsbourg movie. It's Universal Studio's first local, French production. Exciting! It's directed by graphic novelist Joann Sfar and entitled Serge Gainsbourg (vie heroique. It's about young Serge growing up in Nazi-occupied Paris in the 40s, changing his name from Lucien Ginsberg to the only sliiiightly more debonair Serge Gainsbourg, hangin' with Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco, and his last lady, Bambou. There is also no date for this one...but that's because it seems to not have started filming yet.

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