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How Basildon Ended the Cold War…

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

If you’ve seen our film, you’ll know all about Depeche Mode’s astonishing concert in Communist East Berlin in 1988.

The photo above is of some of the fans at the concert, it really looks like it could have been taken in the 1960s. It was as if Beatlemania had broken out!

I will credit the photographer when I can find his details. He took some other great images from the gig, which are included in our film.

Here’s a clip of the concert itself, I remember seeing this when we were researching our film. There’s an interview with Dave Gahan and Alan Wilder – although its in German and there’s no subtitles I’m afraid. The only proper footage from the concert is the wide shot at the start – and the music isn’t actually from the concert! This was East Germany before the wall came down, and they only had one camera to film the concert with. The concert footage at the end is apparently from another TV show that Depeche performed on. 

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The concert was astonishing for a number of reasons. For an alternative band to play in East Berlin was groundbreaking. You couldn’t buy tickets for the concert, you had to ‘win’ them. 

Part of the reason for their large following was a greatest hits compilation that was released in East Germany on the Amiga record label in 1987:


For more of a taste of the concert, and some first hand accounts of how some boys from Basildon effected people’s lives around the world, see our film!

London Screening during Frieze Art Fair

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
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Some images from the sold out screening during the Frieze Art Fair, presented with Artprojx. The cinema exterior with the name we would have liked for the film, ‘OUR HOBBY IS DEPECHE MODE’

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The directors introduce the screening

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The screening is packed

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Co-director Nick Abrahams and Mark, one of the stars of the film, compare hats

depeche mode posters outside cinema

The poster literally came from the wall as the temptation proves too much for one devotee, who makes off with one of the images from the film displayed outside the cinema

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The directors have a momentary loss of dignity

photos 1,2,4 and 5 copyright Sarah Lee

photos 3 and 6 copyright David Gryn, Artprojx

Amoeba interview with Nick Abrahams

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Interview with co-director Nick Abrahams, caught at the Branchage International Film Festival (and with a tooth missing from his smile)


Review of the film and interview here

The Quietus interview with Jeremy Deller

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


To tie in with a recent screening at the Branchage Film Festival, the Quietus ran an interview with Jeremy about the film

Read the interview in full here