I was privileged to attend the screening of Do It Again at the Independent Film Festival Boston last night. The Somerville Theatre was packed – the film was an advance sellout and the ticket of the weekend – and the audience response was astounding. The crowd was a diverse group, with a huge contingent of traveling Kinks fans (like me!) among some friends and families of the principals and the healthy crowd that the Festival naturally attracts.
I won’t rehash the previous promos of the movie I’ve written, nor will I spoil anything for you today, as there are many warm surprises, but I highly encourage you to get to a screening and see this film. There were at least two dozen moments during the film when the entire audience broke into spontaneous applause or laughter in unison as if operating from one central nervous system.
Blending stock footage, interviews, travelogue, voice-overs and creative graphics, Do It Again’s 85 or so minutes breezed by leaving me exhilarated yet wanting more. There are moments of gut-busting laughter, moments of tender poignancy, musical encounters that will make you cringe and others that will make you cheer…and maybe even dampen that eye of yours.
- If you are, or have ever been, a Kinks fan…you need to see this.
- If you have ever had an obsession about a band…you need to see this.
- If you have ever questioned your pursuit of a goal…you need to see this.
- If you enjoy a well scripted and superbly edited documentary about a fascinating subject…you need to see this.
- If you are a Kink and your name is Ray…you need to see this.
I’m writing a larger piece about the film and the principals for Blurt Online and will post an excerpt and a link here in the near future. But I would be remiss if I did not send up a flare within ten minutes of my return from Boston to implore you to do whatever you have to do to see this movie as soon as possible.
Please note that I didn’t say I was happy to see the film or lucky to see the film.
I was privileged.
The Do It Again film website – trailer, info, etc.
Geoff Edgers interview at the Full Frame Film Festival
Back the film project on Kickstarter
Dave Davies website
Ray Davies website
Kinda Kinks – unofficial website
Kinks fan club forum discussion
Ray Davies fan forum discussion