The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead

Last updated

The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead
Damned-doc.jpg
Directed by Wes Orshoski
Produced byWes Orshoski
Written byWes Orshoski
Starring
Music by The Damned
CinematographyWes Orshoski
Edited byWes Orshoski
Production
company
Three Count Films [1]
Release date
  • March 19, 2015 (2015-03-19)(SXSW Film Festival)
Running time
110 minutes [1]
CountryUnited States [2]
LanguageEnglish

The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead is a 2015 American documentary film about the British music group The Damned. The film was directed by Wes Orshoski and premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.

Contents

Summary

The film is about the British rock group The Damned and is a mix of archival, interview and contemporary footage of the group and other musicians and fans. [1] The film discusses the rivalry between members Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies with their disagreement over unpaid royalties. [3]

Production

The film was directed by Wes Orshoski, who was also the films producer, writer, cinematographer and editor. [2] It was the filmmakers follow-up to his previous documentary Lemmy . [1] The Damned provided the music for the film. [2] The film was shot over a three-year period. [2]

Release

The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival on 19 March 2015. [2] At the screening, The Damned's lead guitarist Captain Sensible shouted commentary in the auditorium whenever a moment or a former Damned member he did not like appeared in the film. [1] Damned frontman Dave Vanian did not attend the premiere. [4]

The film received its premier in the United Kingdom on 3 June at the Prince Charles Cinema. [3] [5] Rat Scabies and Brian James were present for the London premiere of the film, where Scabies stated that he hopes the film will bring closure between himself and Captain Sensible. [3] [5]

The film was released on Blu-ray (which also included the DVD) on 20 May 2016.

Reception

Variety gave the film a positive review, stating that even an audience unfamiliar with the group may find sufficient entertainment value in the documentary, noting "the Damned’s unpredictability only endeared them further to a diehard fan base, and it makes this documentary all the more entertaining". [1] The Hollywood Reporter opined that the director "struggles to impose dramatic shape on a sprawling subject, but at least he finds an emotional hook in the decades-old rift between Sensible and Scabies" [3]

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Harvey, Dennis (25 March 2015). "Film Review: 'The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead'". Variety . Retrieved 14 July 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead". SXSW Film Festival. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 1 2 3 4 Dalton, Stephen (8 June 2015). "'The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved 14 July 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Cooper, Leonie (19 March 2015). "The Damned attend world premiere of biographical documentary at SXSW". NME . Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. 1 2 Bonner, Michael (28 May 2015). "The Damned documentary gets release date". Uncut . Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Related Research Articles

The Damned (band) English punk band

The Damned are an English rock band formed in London, England, in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist Captain Sensible, and drummer Rat Scabies. They were the first punk rock band from the United Kingdom to release a single, "New Rose" (1976), release an album, Damned Damned Damned (1977), and tour the United States. They have nine singles that charted on the UK Singles Chart Top 40.

<i>Strawberries</i> (album) 1982 studio album by The Damned

Strawberries is the fifth studio album by English punk rock band the Damned. It was released in October 1982 by record label Bronze.

Captain Sensible English singer and guitarist

Raymond Ian Burns, known by the stage name Captain Sensible, is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Rat Scabies English musician

Christopher John Millar, known by his stage name Rat Scabies, is a musician best known as the drummer for English punk rock band the Damned.

<i>Not of This Earth</i> (The Damned album) 1995 studio album by The Damned

Not of This Earth is the eighth studio album by The Damned. It is often called I'm Alright Jack & The Beanstalk.

New Rose Song by The Damned

"New Rose" is the first single by British punk rock group the Damned, released on 22 October 1976 on Stiff Records, and in 1977 in the Netherlands, Germany and France. It is considered to be the first single by a British punk group.

<i>The Black Album</i> (The Damned album) 1980 studio album by the Damned

The Black Album was the fourth album by the Damned, and the first to feature Paul Gray on bass guitar. It was released in 3 November 1980 on Chiswick as a double album, with "Curtain Call" filling the whole of side 3, and a selection of live tracks recorded at Shepperton Studios for Damned fan club members on side 4. The song "13th Floor Vendetta" paid tribute to the film The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), opening with the lyrics "...the organ plays to midnight on Maldine Square tonight".

<i>Anything</i> (The Damned album) 1986 studio album by The Damned

Anything is the seventh studio album by the Damned, released by MCA Records in 1986. On the album's release, it charted in the United Kingdom, peaking at No. 40, and was certified as silver by the British Phonographic Industry. Four singles were released that all charted in the UK.

"Thanks for the Night" is a single by the Damned, released in May 1984.

"The History of the World " is a single by the Damned, released in 1980 on Chiswick Records. It was co-produced by the band with Hans Zimmer and was included on the band's The Black Album. The record was released in both 7" and 12" formats, and reached No. 51 in the UK Singles Chart.

There Aint No Sanity Clause 1980 single by The Damned

"There Ain't No Sanity Clause" was a single by the Damned, released in November 1980.

"Dozen Girls" is a single by the Damned, released 17 September 1982 on Bronze Records.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a double compilation album by the Damned, released by MCA in 1987 as a retrospective collection. The same name was also given to a concurrently released video cassette and an approved band biography by Carol Clerk.

<i>Music for Pleasure</i> (The Damned album) 1977 studio album by The Damned

Music for Pleasure is the second studio album by English punk rock band the Damned. It was released on 18 November 1977 by Stiff Records.

<i>Live at Newcastle</i> 1983 live album by The Damned

"Live at Newcastle" is a live album by The Damned, released in 1983.

Live Shepperton 1980 is a 1982 album by The Damned. The first live album from the band.

<i>Lemmy</i> (film)

Lemmy: 49% motherfucker. 51% son of a bitch. is a 2010 documentary film profile of the English rock musician Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, the founder, bassist, and lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Motörhead.

Live at the 100 Club is a live album by The Damned, recorded on 6 July 1976 at London's 100 Club. The album was released in 2007, originally included as a bonus disc with the 30th Anniversary Deluxe version of The Damned's debut album, Damned Damned Damned, and later on vinyl, limited to 1,000 LPs.

Cleopatra Entertainment Film division of Cleopatra Records

Cleopatra Entertainment is the film division of long time Los Angeles-based indie label Cleopatra Records, most known for promoting dark and experimental music. Founded in 2015, the company has distributed, developed, and produced several films most of which have a strong horror and/or music component. The company has focused primarily on the home video market through partnerships with New York-based film distributor The Orchard as well as AMPED Music Distribution, and MVD Entertainment Group.