Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Syd Barrett’s untimely passing at the age of 60.
To mark the occasion and to celebrate the Pink Floyd icon’s life, a new Syd Barrett film has been announced containing substantial unreleased footage.
Titled ‘Get All That Ant?’, the free form documentary was directed by Syd’s close school friend and fellow art student Anthony Stern.
The vast majority of the content has never been seen before and it consists of film footage, stills and archive footage taken throughout the 1960s and filmed in locations including Cambridge, London and San Francisco.
Alongside Syd and Pink Floyd, it also boasts live performance footage from The Rolling Stones and The Doors, while Iggy Rose (the nude woman in The Madcap Laughs album sleeve) and Syd’s ex-girlfriends Libby Gausden and Jenny Spires also feature.
The film will get its premiere on Friday 21st October at the Cambridge Guildhall as one of the glittering highlights of the 36th Cambridge Film Festival.
Anthony Stern said “The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinsons encouraged me to make sense of the last fifty years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of Nagra tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963 – 1970.
“This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I’m starting to think these values are starting to reemerge”.
Running for a week, the Cambridge Film Festival will also host a series of other film screenings about Syd and Pink Floyd.
There will also be Syd Barrett walking tours plus the unveiling of a piece of art commissioned by his family at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 27th October.
Cambridge Live Operations Director Neil Jones said “It’s great to link the world premiere of Anthony Stern’s film to this year’s Cambridge Film Festival.
“The footage in the film has locked away for over 4 decades and makes for an incredible documentary of the Swinging Sixties by a man who was at the very heart of the scene and captured it all first hand. Along with other films about Syd Barrett it should make for a fantastic evening”.
For more information and tickets head to www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Sources: planetrock.com and http://www.pinkfloyd.eu