Photo: Mick Rock
The premiere of a new film about British psych pioneer Syd Barrett will form the main focus of a Cambridge Film Festival about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd (20th - 27th October 2016). Titled ‘Get All That Ant?’, the film is a free form documentary directed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Syd Barrett’s, Anthony Stern.
The film features stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. The majority of footage has never been seen before, and the film includes live performance footage and stills from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including Iggy Rose, the woman pictured on The Madcap Laughs album sleeve, and former girlfriends Libby Gausden and Jenny Spires.
Filmmaker Anthony Stern said “The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinsons encouraged me to make sense of the last fifty years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of Nagra tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963 – 1970. This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I’m starting to think these values are starting to re-emerge”.
The festival will feature other films about the 60s period, Walking tours of key Pink Floyd locations around Cambridge, a live concert by Swedish group Men on The Border, and the unveiling of a piece of public art, commissioned with Syd Barrett's family, at Cambridge Corn Exchange where Barrett made his final live performance.
For more information about the events see links below.