One of the most interesting film projects I’ve been a part of (camera, editing, colour grading) in recent months. The piece concerns an important person in the British music scene – John Peel – a DJ, producer, journalist, who’s discovered/promoted many bands known today (Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Pulp, the Cure, Joy Division or Soft Machine). In those days only a few DJs had the freedom to play their own records. He was the first to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock on the radio.
And despite the fact that not too many people in Poland know who I’m talking about when I say John Peel (our parents were standing in lines to buy meat and not records during communism), believe me that in the UK, John and his record collection are legendary.
Within the framework of John Peel’s Record Boxes, a number of short documentaries is being shot. All record boxes are produced in cooperation with The Space, John Peel Archive in the UK. In every chapter appears an important persona from the music world, who like a child in a candy store, rummages through shelves with hundreds and thousands of records in John’s place. Joe Boyd, whom I’ve written about earlier, appeared in the first episode. Again, it suffices to say “a legend” – founder of the UFO club in the 1960s; discoverer of Pink Floyd and producer of many seminal records.
In the very first in a series of six, I worked hard on editing and grading as I wanted it to look all filmic, grainy and dusty which should really capture the atmosphere of John’s record collection. I felt great satisfaction finishing a worthy documentary, telling a nice tale about interesting people. Soon we’ll be filming the next Record Box curator at Peel Acre. Meanwhile, watch the premiere episode – Enjoy!