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    This is rather exciting news via an e-mail from Pink Flag today. Wire are looking into producing a documentary about Wire.

    If they're looking for funding (as mentioned in the message), I'm sure some of us would be willing to, to coin a phrase, 'cough up' a bit towards it. I know I would.
    I'll be glad to contribute financially. But I'd also like to point out that there should be footage of Wire in Bologna (Palazzo dei Congressi) of a concert during the Ideal Copy tour. I remember distinctly Red Ronnie having a cameraman shooting at least part of the concert. I don't know whether Wire have any contact with Red Ronnie (I don't), but I remember having the impression that this was agreed with the band (the camera was in the middle of the seating area.. professional look to it all). This should be the time when Robert Grey had a very minimal kit (bass drum, snare, hi-hat) if I remember correctly.
    I think it's a great idea - rather than the typical Rockumentary approach it's Wire by Wire (or maybe WIRE X WIRE?) I'm sure a Kickstarter or Pledge thing would work, maybe do the tried and tested thing to with incentives to get a credit on the film or pre-order a signed copy of the DVD/Blu Ray, extra material or whatever for in return for kicking some dollar into the pot. I'm pleased Wire have resisted crowd-funding their albums - to me it puts the fans in the Record Company/A&R role and that doesn't seem appropriate for Wire - but for a project like this it makes sense.

    I'd guess if you were making a traditional doc some of the the biggest challenges would be getting certain footage and music cleared for use in the film. I'm aware that's either massively delayed or killed off similar projects but given Wire's roots in fine Art I'm sure they can come up with novel ways of working around whatever material they can use (and hopefully not resorting to using stock footage - that 'Oil City Confidential' thing has been done to death).

    Clearly we're not going to get The Beatles Anthology with a comprehensive career overview and all the footage we could wish for (or are we??!) but what I'd like is for this thing, whatever it turns out to be - to reflect not only the music but the humour and and the artiness and strangeness of the band that reeled me in the first place. The best music documentaries tell an interesting story and/or get the uninitiated fascinated in the subject - that's all it needs to do really.
    Colin has a copy if the footage I made of the I Saw You gig as Wir at Clapham Grand
    Graham has S-VHS footage of them recording Bell is a Cup and the US tour that followed
    So all that could be put in the mix