Upstairs Planet [Screening] & Martin Newell [Set]

Thursday 9th January 2020
8:00 PM

£9.50 adv | £8.50 concessions (includes admin fees)


Norwich Arts Centre

With introduction from the director, special short performance from Martin Newell DJ sets from Thogdin Ripley & Nikki Hirst (Long Swords) 


Fortune Teller & Long Swords presents Upstairs Planet, a film about Cleaners From Venus & the Universe of Martin Newell. There will be a film screening with an introduction by the director plus special guest Martin Newell will be playing a short live set of Cleaner’s songs, solo songs and possibly a poem or two.


Martin Newell is a poet, songwriting genius and the Godfather of British Lo-Fi.  ‘Upstairs Planet’ is an independent film about the greatest band you’ve possibly not heard of: Cleaners From Venus.  They were the jangly-guitar, synth-driven outliers from the edges of the 1980s, and beyond.


Looking like the “keeper of a 19th-century asylum” – Newell gives us his eccentric, irascible world view and hints at why he’s admired by so many well-known artistes (MGMT, XTC, Ariel Pink, John Cooper Clarke, Mac deMarco, etc).


We’re talking cassette culture, DIY punk attitude and intelligent, poetic lyricism that should have found a much wider audience.


Graham Bendel’s previous films include ‘Derailed Sense’ (about Vic Godard & Subway Sect ) and ‘Billy Childish is Dead’ (nominated for a British Independent Film Award).


7pm doors | 8pm start


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