Directed by Paul Duane
Best Before Death
23 years ago, Bill Drummond ceased activities as part of the enormously successful pop group
Since 2014 he’s been on a World Tour, travelling around the world with his show – The 25 Paintings – visiting a different city each year. In December 2016 he based himself in Kolkata, while in the Spring of 2018 he was in Lexington, North Carolina.
In each place he carries out his regular work, setting up a shoeshine stand in the street or building a bed in order to give it away.
He walks across the longest bridge he can find, banging his parade drum at dawn, starts knitting circles with anyone who wants to join him, bakes cakes and offers them to strangers whose houses sit on a circle he’s drawn on a map of the city.
He’s not rich and he’s deliberately designed his actions so they can’t be monetised. He’s mostly been ignored by the art world. So what is he doing it all for? Director Paul Duane shadowed Bill Drummond for three years before starting this film in order to achieve some level of understanding about what he’s at. Co-produced by Grammy Award writer Robert Gordon and shot by Oscar nominated DOP Robbie Ryan the documentary is a fascinating look at an uncompromising artist.
Best Before Death is named after Drummond’s belief that the World Tour, scheduled to end when he’s 72, is a race against his own mortality.
It’s a film about life, death, art, money, music and cake. And some knitting.
“A hugely satisfying treatment of an elusive sensibility” Irish Times
“**** – A far more interesting and entertaining portrait of an inscrutable artist that we usually tend to get” The Scotsman
BILL DRUMMOND AND TAM DEAN BURN LIVE !
At cinemas around the country in September and October Mr Bill Drummond and Mr Tam Dean Burn will perform the play WHITE SAVIOUR COMPLEX in two parts before and after the film screening. After each screening Mr Drummond will sell copies of the play from the nearest bus shelter.
MON 23rd SEPT – LONDON, PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL – get tickets here
TUES 24th SEPT – OXFORD, PHOENIX – get tickets here
WEDS 25th SEPT – LIVERPOOL, FACT – get tickets here
THURS 26th SEPT – LEEDS, HYDE PARK PICTUREHOUSE – get tickets here
FRI 27th SEPT – DUBLIN, IRISH FILM INSTITUTE – get tickets here
SAT 28th SEPT – BELFAST, QFT – get tickets here
MON 30th SEPT – BRIGHTON, DUKE OF YORKS – get tickets here
TUES 1st OCT – LONDON, HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE – get tickets here
WEDS 2nd OCT – CAMBRIDGE, ARTS – get tickets here
THURS 3rd OCT – NORWICH, CINEMA CITY – get tickets here
FRI 4th OCT – YORK, CITY SCREEN – get tickets here