'Lemmy' Director Signs On for New Documentary About the Damned
Published Oct 25, 2011Considering the Sex Pistols were the subjects of 1980's The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle documentary and a follow-up called The Filth and the Fury in 2000, news of the Damned getting a documentary of their own is long overdue.
According to the long-running outfit's website, they will be the focus of a new film helmed by New York-based director Wes Orshoski. The as-yet-untitled affair will consist of clips captured on the group's current tour, old archival footage from the '70s and beyond, and interviews with the act and their acquaintances.
Additionally, Orshoski is looking for fans to send any video footage, handbills, magazine articles or posters his way to be included in the project. You can email him at [email protected]
"I'm incredibly honoured to be working with a band who I feel has registered as an immeasurable impact on artists from across the musical spectrum," said Orshoski, who previously directed/produced the critically acclaimed Lemmy, which centred on Motörhead singer Lemmy Kilmister. "I feel like the Damned's story and the scope of the band's influence has gone largely unnoticed by the masses, especially in America. And I'm hoping my film will help right that wrong."
The band -- currently consisting of vocalist Dave Vanian and fellow co-founder, guitarist Captain Sensible, as well as drummer Pinch, bassist Stu West and keyboardist Monty Oxy Moron -- are apparently pleased that their story is about to be told.
"It seems like every other scumbag who was ever in a punk band got a film made about them," Sensible said in a statement, "Now it's our turn, and at least we have some real stories to tell. Hopefully, this will cause a bit of a stink, but that's what it was always supposed to do."
A projected release date for the film has not been announced.
You can check out the Damned's tour dates, which are currently running across the U.S. and Europe, here.