For the Record
Rock photography legend Tom Sheehan has worked with the greats: Jagger, REM, Madonna, Oasis, and more. He spent ten years capturing some of the most iconic shots of Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers – a period which included the unexplained and unresolved disappearance of band member Richey Edwards in 1995.
As a teenager, Emily Hyatt was drawn to the Manics’ music, lyrics, and sense of style. Today, her flat in Nottinghamshire is stacked with Manics memorabilia and collages of setlists, tickets, glitter, and photos. In Leeds, Illustrator and Manics fan Mark Frudd harbours an ambition to become a fine artist. Mark and Emily’s creativity and love of music and art draw them together as both design a 7-inch vinyl record sleeve for the Manic Street Preachers’ track “No Surface All Feeling” for the Secret 7” charity art exhibition. Works selected from the thousands of open call submissions will sit alongside renowned artists such as Anish Kapoor, Peter Blake, and Es Devlin.
Emily and Mark’s artistic interpretations of “No Surface All Feeling” are informed by experiences of personal loss and Edwards’ disappearance. Their stories are underpinned by Tom Sheehan’s recollections of time spent with the Manics and his last photoshoot with Edwards in 1994 at Le Bataclan in Paris. Tom, Emily and Mark’s interconnected stories open a window into the world of fandom, rock photography and the relationship between art, music, and wellbeing.
“A moving film about music, creativity, fandom and healing. It’s heartfelt and lovingly crafted, just like the art it celebrates”.
David Evans, Author “Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible” (33 ⅓)”
“The best film on a real emotional connection I’ve seen in the last 12 months!”
Charles Ross, RCA