Former Chumbawamba frontman Dunstan Bruce has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker Sophie Robinson, co-founder of Brightside, to launch £40k Kickstarter campaign to make a warts-and-all feature documentary of the true story behind 90s anarcho-punk anthem TubThumping / I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again.
They’re aiming to create an independent, collaborative documentary charting
the true story of the anarchist band’s rise to global fame in the 1990s. Called I Get Knocked Down (The Untold Story of Chumbawamba) the feature documentary – which will include crowdsourced archive footage from the general public – will chart Chumbawamba’s time as the 90s most high profile anarchist pop stars. Directed by Dunstan, it’ll show how a bunch of punk rockers kept their friends, political self-respect and sense of humour – when everyone around them seemed to hate them.
Dunstan and Sophie aim to showcase I Get Knocked Down on the festival
circuit from Spring 2016, and follow up with a theatrical release.
Taking a collaborative approach they’re also launching a public archive
search –inviting people who were there at the time to submit their
memories of the band, and send in their personal films and photos via email.
Selected submissions will feature in the documentary alongside 90s archive footage and interviews with the band and their contemporaries today.
For those who might have missed the memo and we’re sure you didn’t Chumbawamba is the band behind 90s anthem Tubthumping / I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again. Yes: That refrain.
You’ll know the song, but you might not know that:
• Chumbawamba was a group of anarchists who started out gigging in squats but whose musical and political careers spanned more than 20 years.
• Their fame was completely accidental; they signed to EMI in the hope that their message would reach more people and change the world for the better.
• Instead of spending it all on fast cars, the group used the money they made
from the record to fund groundbreaking anti-capitalist movements including dockers’ strikes, anarchist radio stations and European community centres,
some of which still go on today.
• At the height of their career they soaked John Prescott, then Deputy Prime Minister of Great Britain, in ice water at the 1998 Brit Awards.
• They’re still political activists now. It’s all about power to the people.
It’s a story that needs to be told and we’d love you to help Dunstan and
Sophie get the word out there – watch the trailer and then head
to Kickstarter to find out more.