Now, here’s a thing. That great man Cosmic Smiles has posted the whole of the ‘Apocalypse Weekend’ Sheep Music feature film on You Tube. I wrote most of the ‘script’. The crew had been filming the festival for a few years, and wanted to try their hands at something a bit more structured. My idea was for a series of ‘walk about’ performances which would fit into the festival, and that like all good walkabouts, these would be largely improvised. Given my minimal understanding of film, I didn’t fully grasp that this couldn’t really be done. But still.
The central idea was of an election to be held at the end of the festival, where humanity would finally choose between good and evil. In order that fair play be seen to be done, the Compere (who is also the Scripwriter) is appointed returning officer. Dai and Gweneth, the youth TV presenters were supposed to be speking in Welsh, and not just any old Welsh, but the Welsh you find on sign posts. No one round here speaks any Welsh, and I thought it would be funny, but the producers told me it was racist, and that I couldn’t have it.
The film is an hour long, and I still insist that it’s funny and lively, and captures the spirit of Sheep Music rather well. There’s some top music too, especially the excellent New Mastersounds.