Published Jan 07, 2014The UK's Sarah Records was only active from 1987 to 1995, but the defunct Bristol label retains its iconic status among fans of cute, scrappy indie pop. Now, the company's history and legacy is being explored with both a feature-length documentary and a book.
The film is called My Secret World - The Story of Sarah Records. It was directed and funded by Lucy Dawkins, who has been working on the movie for four years. It features interviews with label founders Clare Wadd and Matt Haynes, plus members of Sarah groups like the Field Mice, the Orchids, Another Sunny Day, Heavenly, Boyracer, Blueboy and more. Other interviewees include Jacob Graham of the Drums, K Records founder Calvin Johnson and Fortuna Pop! founder Sean Price.
According to the film's official synopsis, "My Secret World - The Story of Sarah Records is the first feature-length documentary to explore this legendary, influential and often misunderstood label. Now the label founders, former Sarah band members, music critics and those that have been inspired by the label tell their story."
Watch a trailer for the flick below. My Secret World is currently seeking a distributor, so the release details are still up in the air. Check out the film's website here.
As for the book, its called Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records. It's being written by onetime Exclaim! associate Michael White, a Toronto-based journalist who has previously penned the liner notes for some Sarah Records reissues. It's tentatively due out in mid-2015 on Bloomsbury.
The synopsis reads, "Authorized by label founders Matt Haynes and Clare Wadd, it will feature new, exclusive interviews with dozens of the musicians, journalists, friends and fans who played a part in Sarah's unique success story — modest success in commercial terms, perhaps, but an immeasurable triumph in terms of the fascination and affection it continues to draw from new generations of bands and listeners worldwide."
The book isn't finished, but it's due to the publishers on October 31 of this year. Read about the tome on Facebook.