The definitive documentary on the English art punk band called Killing Joke, their music, method and madness featuring interviews with Jaz Coleman, Youth, Geordie, Big Paul, Reza Udhin, Jimmy Page, Peter Hook, Dave Grohl, Alex Paterson, Mike Coles, Chris Kimsey, Mat Smith, Neil Perry, Geraldine Beskin, Chantal Coves, Peter Plum, Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, Guolaugur Kristinn Ottarsson, Tom Larkin, Hinewehi Mohi, inventors, astrologists, the Gatherers and many more. Written by
Somebody should make a film about the Killing Joke story, it would be highly entertaining! All the Bullshit back-stabbing and Melody Maker Meat and Maggots. Maybe it will never happen because Jaz will want all the Money... so you all say... and everybody else will be lucky to get 50p.
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I think I am writing the first review of this film. I have followed modern music throughout most of my life and whilst I had heard of the group Killing Joke, I knew nothing about them and was not familiar with any of their music. Having seen this film, I am not much better off. I am sure that we have all watched documentaries about pop groups - their formation, successes and failures, the inevitable reliance upon drugs and booze, the lies and deceptions and the final falling out. This film is no different save that the group is still going as far as I know. You get more or less what you would expect with two possible exceptions. Firstly, the members of the group profess an affinity with mysticism and the dark arts generally with many references to metaphysical events which they claim to have experienced and which permeate their music or at least that's what they say and if you could actually hear any of their lyrics, this may well be true. Secondly, the "front man " is a remarkable individual called Jaz Coleman. A very intelligent and talented man but as is so often the case with such people,deeply flawed with self-confessed stays in psychiatric hospitals and narcotic addictions.I was not particularly engaged when watching this film as I found the group members and attendant managers and disgruntled former managers to be by and large the sort of people I would very much wish to avoid.I am sure that if you took any well known past or present rock band and put the members under a microscope, threw in some archive footage and vague reminiscences from people who claim to know or have known them, you would not see very much different than what is portrayed here. I can't see that this film would appeal to anyone other than a die-hard Killing Joke fan and surprisingly there are plenty of them..
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