Best Before Death | Denver Film Society | Paul Duane | USA

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Overview

Everyone in this documentary profile of Scottish artist and musician Bill Drummond (formerly of 1980s electronic band The KLF) is confused by his performances: art students, lumber-yard employees, hotel workers, chauffeurs, passersby, and even his collaborator Tracey Moberly, who seems periodically exasperated as she tries to photograph him in action. Everyone, that is, except the defiantly opaque man himself.


“‘Why,’ ‘when,’ ‘what,’ and ‘who’ are the four handmaidens of evil,” Drummond exclaims during his 12-year world tour, The 25 Paintings, on which he spends two weeks each in a different city completing a series of random tasks: baking and giving away six cakes, building a bed by hand, setting up a shoeshine stand, and making soup. Director Paul Duane chronicles Drummond’s stints in Kolkata, India and Lexington, North Carolina, painting a portrait so quirky it almost reads as parody.


Robert Gordan and John Caulkins will be in attendance


Sponsored by Sheila K. O’Brien, British Airways, Baird, UK Government Office – Denver, IBCircle

Producer: Paul Duane, Robert Gordon, Finlay Pretsell | Editor: Tony Cranstoun | Cinematographer: Patrick Jordan, Robbie Ryan
Cast: Tam Dean Burn, Bill Drummond, Avijit Halder, Charlie Sellers, Tracy Moberly
Additional Countries: UK, Ireland

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