Paul Wyatt ’s documentary For The Record received its premiere screening at The Royal Society of Arts on Wednesday 5th February 2020 . The power of music and art as expressive mediums in which to share thoughts and feelings is at the heart of For The Record and The RSA was an ideal location for the screening as it’s a space designed to foster creative thinking and collaborative action needed to address the challenges of our time.
For The Record tells the moving story of music fans inspired to raise money for charity by their love of art, music and vinyl records. It features artwork inspired by Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers and in particular their song No Surface All Feeling . This song is taken from the Manics 1996 album Everything Must Go which was the first to be recorded without lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards who went missing in February 1995. Richey’s disappearance as well as the themes of loss and new beginnings are reflected in emotive 7 inch vinyl record sleeve art created for the charity art exhibition Secret 7” .
Fantastic evening at @theRSAorg watching @pauljwyatt ‘s brilliant film, For the record, about @Secret7s , @Manics and what it means to be a fan. Well done to star @emilymjhyatt ! pic.twitter.com/TgRhmNpwuP
— Kev (@londonkro) February 5, 2020
The screening was followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Paul Wyatt and a drinks reception in the Long Gallery at Rawthmells . Attendees included artist Emily Hyatt whose art is featured in the film, music collector Adrian Cousins , photographer Tom Sheehan and co-founder of Secret 7” Kevin King.
The screening was supported by Natracare .
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I had to dash but loved the #ForTheRecord premiere tonight. Obviously vinyl + Manics are my Mastermind topics but there's something really profound about the community surrounding physical music. (Esp. the middle ground that bonds from a love of either content or form). Hats off to Paul + the wonderful @secret7s. Lovely stuff. #Manics #secret7s #RSA
Incredible to see the premier screening of ‘For The Record’ by @pauljwyatt on The Steps @thersaorg tonight – a moving film about the power of art and music to bring people together pic.twitter.com/0Nbnx26T1I
— RSA Design Awards (@RSADesignAwards) February 5, 2020