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Storm Thorgerson documentary film coming later this year Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 04 June 2015

Taken By Storm, the superb, indepth film about Thorgerson's life and work as told through his own reflection, his personal archive of never-before seen photographs and films, through ex-partner of Hipgnosis Aubrey Powell, and through first hand narratives from some of the most important musicians of our time, has been in the works for some years now, but this autumn/fall, it finally will see a DVD and VOD release.

Roddy Bogawa, the man behind the film, premiered it on the opening night of 2011’s prestigeous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, USA, in front of Storm himself, and has refined the film since then. The following year it was shown in New Year (our review and thoughts on the film here), and more recently there was a screening at London’s Olympus-Rockarchive Image Space Gallery, hosted by Rupert Truman. Roddy explained that "it's really a film about Storm's creative processes from the Hipgnosis days until now and his relationships/friendships with all the musicians and bands he's worked with through his four decades of making album art. There are interviews with David Gilmour and Nick Mason, as well as Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Graham Gouldman, Alan Parsons [and others], as well as Storm's many collaborators, assistants, etc. including photographers Tony May and Rupert Truman, Jill Furmanovsky, and artists Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake. The film goes beyond talking about Storm's relationships and creative processes in visualizing music; it is also about how technology has changed our lives, especially the digital realm in music and also the disappearance of vinyl and other physical objects".

He noted that it explores numerous covers and their creation and there's a lot of material from Storm's archives that has never been seen before. "Pink Floyd have given me some footage of a helicopter fly-by shot over the beds on the beach for Momentary Lapse of Reason as well as Paul McCartney's permission to use footage of Storm directing the Band on the Run cover shoot".

Here's the teaser trailer for the film release later this year. There are plans for a theatrical release and screenings with planned events along with the aforementioned DVD and VOD releases. Information on the release will be here on Brain Damage, as well as on the takenbystormfilm.info website, and their Facebook page too.

 
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