The Story Of Matinee Idles

During nov 2004 & jan 2005 Bristol Silent’s member James Harrison shot the following documentary film. It tells the story of how accapella vocal group The Matinee Idles formed for a performance at the festival’s opening gala. The group comprising of members of the band Darts and Paul McGann are seen in rehearsal and during the performance.  Both The Matinee Idles & Paul McGann are huge admirers of silent comedy so it seemed like a good idea to try something completely radical by accompanying slapstick comedy with an a cappella doowop band.

We think it worked really well too. The final few minutes of the second video will give you an opportunity to judge for yourselves!

We would have preferred to have just uploaded it as one video but sadly Youtube’s restrictions meant we had to slice the footage in half. So forgive the somewhat clumsy editing between the two clips. I imagine James (who shot the film) would prefer it if I point out that he had nothing to do with this last tiny bit of editing!

With the Matinee Idles poised to return to Bristol to accompany more silent comedy onscreen in 2012 this is a timely reminder of where it began, all those years ago…..

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  1. #1 by Penfold on September 9, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    Nice to see Don Fairservice’s beautifully constructed tribute to the silent greats in its entirety, seen during the second half of the second clip; it went down an absolute storm on the night, worked really well with The Matinee Idle’s vocals, and I’ve long wanted to see it again. Thanks for posting !!

  2. #2 by James Harrison on September 10, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    Some how, some of the doc is in the wrong aspect ratio… Don’t know how that’s happened. Anyways, could I have a DVD copy of this, as I don’t have any kind of copy anymore. For extras notes, this was shot over the course of two years as I remember and I had about 64 hours of footage; god knows how. Fun days tho!!

    • #3 by Bristol Silents on September 20, 2011 - 4:17 pm

      Hey James
      Not sure how it got into 16:9
      We should adjust for purity
      And so I don’t look too podgy!

      I have a DVD for you

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