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Docnroll Festival Walking In The Opposite Direction: Adrian Borland & The Sound


Walking In The Opposite Direction: Adrian Borland & The Sound
2016, Dir. Marc Waltman, The Netherlands, 96 mins

Event is 18+ 

Followed by a Q&A with the producer and director. Q&A hosted by Guardian music journalist Dave Simpson.

“Walking in the Opposite Direction” is a documentary about the savagely charismatic music and troubled life of Adrian Borland, leader of British post-punk’s great lost icons The Sound. 

It is a tale of headstrong talent and dark despair: English singer-songwriter Adrian Borland, whose poetic lyrics, passionate vocals and compelling guitar work fuelled the critically lauded, Stooges and Joy Division-hued post-punk band The Sound, battled mental illness before taking his own life in 1999. This haunting music documentary, by turns troubling and tender, was made in the Netherlands where Borland found his greatest acclaim. Via insights from those who knew him best, it turns an unsparing eye on an artist’s fierce creative vision and fearless determination to pursue his muse, even at the cost of his peace of mind. 

Combining performance footage, photos and interviews with friends, partners, collaborators and his father Bob, a constant support in his career, Walking in the Opposite Direction traces Borland’s career from early punk band The Outsiders, through critically acclaimed Sound albums including Jeopardy (1980) and In The L


29th April 2017





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