Rumble & Bang (Soup and a Seat)
|When:||Friday, 5 October 2012|
|Where:||The Film Archive, Wellington|
|Running time:||60 minutes|
$8 incl cup of soup
New Zealand, 2011
Directors: Jeff Smith, Simon Ogston
Producers/Editors: Simon Ogston, Jeff Smith
Photography: Simon Ogston, Jeff Smith, Pete Gormon, Sam Folkard, Simon Raby
Photography B&W: Fred Goldring
Sound: Simon Ogston, Jeff Smith, Judith Folkard
Music: Chants R&B
With: John Baker, Jim Tomlin, Trevor Courtney, Mike Rudd, Gordon Cope-Williams, Tony Mitchell, Nick Bollinger, Chris Grozs, Ray Columbus, Midge Marsden, Dave Hurley, Dave Hogan, Martin Forrer, Fred Goldring, Matt Croke, Tim Piper
" A necessary unearthing of an essential episode in Kiwi music history, Rumble & Bang reintroduces Chants R&B, a short-lived garage rock combo that thrived in 60s Christchurch. The establishment of a US Air Force base gave the youth of the city access to a wealth of R&B, soul and funk long before the rest of New Zealand. Inspired by these new sounds, art students Mike Rudd and Trevor Courtney formed The Chants in 1964. They played a few different venues before taking up a residency at the Stage Door, a cavernous cellar off what was then Hereford Lane. Strongly influenced by the likes of John Mayall and The Pretty Things, whose tour scandalised the nation in 1965, the band renamed themselves Chants R&B and developed a passionate following for their own raucous rhythm and blues (patrons thought R&B stood for rumble and bang). Featuring pristine archival footage from the Stage Door heyday as well as new recordings from the band’s 2007 reunion, Rumble & Bang proves that there was a relevant musical underground inNew Zealand long before the days of Flying Nun."
- New Zealand International Film Festival
"New Zealand has lost so much in the way of visual and aural archives. But I’m convinced that every sub-culture has an aspirant photographer and film-maker – in love with the possibilities – who captures the action. Sometimes the results never see the light of day. Occasionally they emerge from under a bed, decades later, to be the backbone of a great documentary. The legendary Chants R&B from Christchurch luckily had an art student friend with a movie camera. Now we can all witness the scene at Christchurch’s Stage Door in the mid-1960s. "
- Chris Bourke
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Every Friday at 12.15pm, from 17 August until
5 October, come in for homemade soup and a choice selection of films. Cinema condensed to fit into your lunch break.
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