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Manic Street Preachers Announce Documentary Film Truth & Memory

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Mitch Ikeda

Manic Street Preachers have announced a new documentary film. 

Truth & Memory was directed by the legendary Welsh band's longtime collaborator Kieran Evans and offers unique insight through previously unseen footage of interviews, live sessions, and behind the scenes clips. The footage was shot during the campaign behind their 1998 Brit Award-winning landmark album, 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours'.

The record was reissued as a special 20th Anniversary edition last December and the trio will return to intimate venues to perform it in its entirety in May, culminating with a huge show at Cardiff Castle. Tickets are on sale now.

BAFTA Award-winning Evans, who directed previous Manic Street Preachers' films Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair and Distant Colours, said:

"It all started on a wintry October day last year with me taking delivery of a plastic bag full of VHS and DV tapes shot by photographer Mitch Ikeda and [Nicky] Wire, a jumble of audio cassettes and mini-discs and a large selection of photos and polaroids. The initial plan was for me to make a fifteen minute short with a rule to only use material from October 1997 through to November 1998. The VHS and DV tapes probably hadn’t been viewed for over fifteen years and there was little info on what each one contained. I spent weeks scrolling through videotapes so as to discover what might have been captured during those times and what might be usable. Luckily each tape I viewed contained a little bit of gold dust; incredible events and revealing moments had been filmed that couldn’t be ignored and so the idea of a fifteen minute short got jettisoned for something a lot longer and expansive."

Truth & Memory will premiere here on YouTube on January 17 at 7pm (GMT). Head below to view the trailer.

Manic Street Preachers Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun May 12 2019 - DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Tue May 14 2019 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Wed May 15 2019 - BATH Bath Forum
Fri May 17 2019 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat May 18 2019 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Mon May 20 2019 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Tue May 21 2019 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Thu May 23 2019 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Fri May 24 2019 - SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall Southampton
Sun May 26 2019 - EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Mon May 27 2019 - YORK York Barbican Centre
Thu May 30 2019 - LIVERPOOL Eventim Olympia
Fri May 31 2019 - LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
Sat June 29 2019 - CARDIFF Castle

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