A new documentary featuring Bristol’s brutalist truth seekers IDLES is set to be released in cinemas during the month of July.
The documentary highlights the central tenets of IDLES: bombastic energy and confrontation, but always in service of honesty, community, and a drive to connect. IDLES can be political, aggressive, ugly, and atonal, and if that doesn’t put you off, then often what you find is a raw and singular perspective on socioeconomic disparity, diminished mental health, and the exaltations of joyous release.
The film, directed by Mark Archer, will screen in theatres in and around the UK starting on July 2. A number of preview screenings featuring Q+A sessions are scheduled for the end of June as well, one of which at the Clapham Grand just outside Clapham will feature an AF Gang DJ set.
The film’s trailer details “a film about finding strength in vulnerability. It journeys through the determination, friendship and adversity of IDLES as they fight for a place in a divided socio-political environment, unexpectedly inspiring and unifying an international community along the way.”
“In a time when the ground is shifting beneath our feet,” the synopsis continues, “Where open communication and truthful reflection are more vital than ever, we journey with lead singer Joe Talbot and the band as they tear across stages, knock down stereotypes and empower fans to face down uncomfortable realities and talk about mental health.”
If you already happen to be a full fledged member of the AF Gang, surely this film will be essential viewing. If you are curious about the band, and why they seem to have such a devoted and feverish following, then this film will be a great introduction into the world of IDLES.
Check out the trailer for Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About IDLES down below. Details for how to get tickets for the screenings can be found here.