Feature-length Laurent Garnier film gets full UK and Ireland release
Laurent Garnier will host a live Q&A at a London premiere on July 9
A feature length film starring Laurent Garnier is coming out in the UK and Ireland next month.
The film, titled Laurent Garnier: Off The Record, explores the life of the French electronic icon, from his early days DJing at legendary Manchester nightspot The Haçienda in 1987 and his impact transforming Parisian nightlife in the late-‘80s fronting Rex Club and co-founding the F Communications label.
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It also documents club culture as large, tracing dance music’s evolution through New York, Chicago, Detroit, the UK and Europe, with Garnier acting as an engaging guide and narrator to these seismic cultural events.
The 89-minute film is directed by Gabin Rivoire, and includes interview segments from dance music favourites such as Kerri Chandler, The Blessed Madonna, Richie Hawtin, Kenny Larkin, Jeff Mills, Carl Cox and Peggy Gou.
A London premiere is due to take place at the BFI Southbank on July 9, including a live Q&A with Laurent Garnier and after-party at Spiritland Royal Festival Hall.
The film has previously been shown at international festivals, including at the Manchester International Festival in July 2021.
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A Kickstarter to fund the film was launched in 2019, on which Garnier was quoted saying: "Over the years, myself and my manager have been approached with many proposals to make a documentary about my career. Those who know me even a little, know that to participate in a film project with the sole theme being 'me, my life, my work', would not be possible without an original and profound approach. And so we never followed up on any of the projects we were pitched. However, little by little, the idea of a documentary has found a home in my mind and I think today the time has come to share it with the world."
Laurent Garnier: Off The Record will be released in the UK and Ireland via Doc’n Roll, with the film available to purchase and stream from July 15. You can pre-order it here.
Watch the trailer below.
Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Editor, follow him on Twitter