Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Lawrence of Arabia

Both of the new Paul Kelly films, Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story and Lawrence Of Belgravia, which were shown at the Barbican last night, were great. They're both still works in progress. I hope that when the Lawrence film is finished, the ticket issuers get the film name right for its premiere.

Lawrence wasn't at the film, but he did turn up to the pub afterwards. He thought that the mistake was hilarious. He did say in the film, after all, that his mum probably named him after Lawrence of Arabia, not realising that Lawrence was the character's surname.

While the film did encouragingly report that Lawrence has a roof over his head, the terms of his residence, based on a psychiatric evaluation, stipulate that he's not allowed to undertake work of any kind. That includes performing live and releasing new material.

I know I'm not alone in hoping that a speedy resolution to this situation, allowing Lawrence to play gigs and release new material, is reached.


Dennis said...

I can't wait to see these. Both. No idea though if there are any plans for a DVD release (I can't even begin to hope for a cinema release somewhere in the Netherlands).

FireEscape said...

Neither film is actually finished; on current form (the Lawrence film has been at least 4 years in production and we only got 20 minutes of excerpts; the 40-minute Dolly Mixture cut we saw was only finished 90 minutes before it was screened) it'll be a long time before either film is finished, let alone comes out on DVD.