Toronto Film Festival premiere of Roger Waters The Wall movie
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 07 September 2014

With a few reminders of the additional significance of the day ("I knew somebody would have to point that out...I'm seventy f***ing one years old!") Roger Waters enjoyed the twin celebration of his birthday, as well as the premiere of his new concert film, Roger Waters The Wall last night at the Toronto International Film Festival, as you'll see from the two video clips we have here.

In a sharp blue suit, matched with a white pair of Converse trainers, Roger, along with his co-director Sean Evans, seemed in fine form as he greeted the fans, having satisfied many of the autograph hunters on arrival.

The following clip shows Roger last night introducing The Wall movie at the event. Our thanks to T-Mak World, who also give a full rundown of the movie here.

Roger pointed out the apt timing for The Wall. "Any armed conflict is an underscore and an exclamation mark to this movie, because this movie is unashamedly anti-war, ecumenical, and about love for all men and women whatever their race, colour, creed, nationality or whatever", said Waters.

"When Roger decided that he wanted to bring it back on the road he said, 'I'm not that guy. I'm happy. I'm not this angry kid any more'," Sean explained. "We took the meat of it and made it more about the world and building walls in society, religion and politics."

Roger continued: "It's about our children and about each other and about how we so desperately need to transcend national boundaries in order to cooperate with one another rather than sitting entrenched on our side of a boundary or wall and lobbing bombs at each other over the top of it. We're on a slippery slope and we need to dig our heels in and say enough, enough, this is not right."

"I think people are sick and tired of being told that the most important thing in their life is commerce and the new this and the new that. And they're sick of adverts on TV and they're sick of being told what's important is whether we win or lose or whether or not we're exporting more. I think people are probably ready to go now, 'Well, all of that rhetoric lead us to lob bombs over the top of the wall, that divides society ecologically, economically, philosophically and politically, from all our fellow human beings. And we no longer want to be told by our political leaders that they are scum and that we are great'.

"So that I believe that it may be we're no longer interested in the 'us and them' form of political philosophy that we’ve been fed on for the last couple of 1,000 years and that we may be ready to move into a new place."

Finally, this video by Red Carpet Diary interviews Roger and Sean about the film: