Just read a review of the film at the Documentary Evidence website, which looks in depth at all things Mute related. We have taken to calling the film ‘Our Hobby is Depeche Mode’ as that was our original preferred title.
The film, currently showing under the title ‘Our Hobby is Depeche Mode’, is showing at the Hayward Gallery on London’s Southbank from 22nd Feb to 13th May, in a special screening room upstairs by the main entrance (not within the exhibition itself) called the Project Space. Entrance is free for all – no ticket for the show needed to get into the film… although the show itself is excellent and absolutely worth visiting! Above is a page from the booklet accompanying the exhibition.
Just found this record of the Q and A session the directors did at the amazing Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, to complement some screenings there in 2010. The audiences in Los Angeles were absolutely lovely and enthusiastic, and if anything, we were taken aback by their high spirits at the time!
Just in case you haven’t seen our documentary, here’s a clip featuring them:
If you have made your own T-shirts, painted your own banners, dressed your pets up, embroidered clothes, kept diaries or done drawings of Depeche related things, we would still love to see them, so do email us. The film was finished some time ago, but we might add another page to this site of things made by devotees that we like.
In the meantime, we’re planning on taking the Dave doll to the seaside to take some snaps more in the style of the promo and post them up here…
We met Yuri in New York recently and he was so happy that we had told some of the story of being a Russian devotee in the 1990s. We made friends through our Facebook page for the film, and saw his photos of himself as a Dave look-a-like, and asked if we could show them on this site. So there’s a new page here ‘Some Russian Devotion”, please have a look. And thank you Yuri!
Co-director Nick Abrahams infront of the Silent Movie Theatre
Our Los Angeles shows were our best yet, so crowded that people had to stand in the aisles, and everyone laughing so much that we were rather worried… but during one of the Question and Answer sessions, someone explained it was ‘the laughter of recognition’. Phew!
Co-director Jeremy Deller with Orlando
Orlando infront of a photo of his teenage self
We were happy to catch up with Orlando, who features in the film (he managed to sit through all 3 showings!) and his mother (who only managed a paltry single screening). And we also made many new friends:
This gent who had the best hair of the evening kindly sat in the back row so as not to disrupt anyone's view.
The LA Weekly gave us a good review you can read by clicking here, and then put out another article on us you can see by clicking here.
And here’s a great photo from the first Q and A by Sara Wood Lauder, who we met at the screenings:
Behind us are Russian hands making 'heart' shapes, which pretty much sums up all the love emenating from all the devotees in the film.