Kinemastik hosted The Quietus editor Luke Turner. The Quietus is the UK's leading online magazine devoted to music, film, arts and popular culture.
"While we love to talk to our favourite musicians about their work, we know that music doesn't exist in a vacuum. What else makes them tick? What do they get up to when they're not in the studio, or on tour?" With this in mind, Luke Turner and director Ethan Reid completed a series of short films looking at musicians and their non-musical interests, and three of the Quietus At Leisure series were screened at Kinemastik.
Director Ethan Reid has worked for the BFI and Rough Trade, and recently completed a documentary about gay porn pioneer Peter De Rome, which premiered at the Sheffield Doc Festival in 2014.
About the films:
Steve Ignorant needs no introduction: a righteous son of Dagenham, he was the voice of Crass for years, and with new band Paranoid Visions continues to fly the flag for no compromise punk rock. It's an attitude that extends to every area of his life - now living in north Norfolk, Steve has managed to find himself on the crew of an autonomous, non-RNLI lifeboat, we take to the grey waters of the North Sea with Steve and find out what would have happened if he'd found Margaret Thatcher drowning.
You'd be unlikely to find Jim Sclavunos in a lifeboat - the urbane drummer for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is rarely seen out of a tailor-made suit, and has a particular personal enthusiasm for the Tiki cocktail culture that took off in America shortly before World War Two. In the film, Sclavunos talks us through the history, characters and flavours behind Tiki cocktails, from glamorous early days to sticky and sickly fall from grace, and learns of the Beach Berry Fix - a contemporary cocktail made from blackcurrant squash. Chin chin!
Stephen Morris, of New Order and Joy Division, owns a collection of military vehicles. These armoured cars and self-propelled guns are kept at Morris' Pennines farm, and we see him executing a particularly tricky three point turn and doing battle with the local post van as he explains how this unusual hobby grabbed him, its similarity to collecting old synths, and describes the unusual Beltring military festival, where policemen like to dress as Nazis.
The Quietus frequently cover issues in contemporary politics - again, music is part of the society in which it is created - and a few years ago they sent Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers, Britain's most political rock group, to interview left wing politician and campaigner Tony Benn. They presented this film as a tribute to Tony Benn, who died in March in 2014.