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  1.  
    Still no sign of the film. There was an update in March 2023 on the 'People in a Film' website:

    "The news Wire fans and Crowdfunders have been waiting for - Underground Head Films have completed the first cut of People In A Film!

    Graham Duff and Malcolm Boyle are just about to send it to the band.

    Expect more news very soon of the film being moved towards final cut and release.

    We're extremely excited!"

    Well I'm extremely excited too, but here we are five months later and... nothing.

    Come on Wire. Get a grip.
  2.  
    An e mail was sent out to the crowd funders today..
  3.  
    Typical. I grumble and the email appears that morning!

    Oh well, at least there's some progress at last.
  4.  
    I didn't receive an email. Could you paste the contents?
  5.  
    Dear Crowdfunders

    Apologies it’s been a while since you heard from us. You’ll be reassured to know that’s because we’ve been absolutely heads down on getting People In A Film right.

    We came up with a first rough assemble in May, just to get a sense of how the band would respond to the way their story was being told. We had a mix of responses, and inevitably feelings were strong and contradictory, depending on the perspective of the person involved, and what they think is important or unimportant about Wire’s artistic and personal history.

    For example, some elements we as film makers and fans think absolutely crucial to Wire history some members of the band felt less important and in fact not worthy of inclusion. And vice versa. Obviously the question of whether those outside or inside the band have the most illuminating perspective on how the work is received culturally is a moot point, and we’re having to strike a fine balance.

    However, armed with copious notes from the band themselves and others, we are now engaged in fashioning a second cut which will hopefully appeal to band, film buffs and admirers in equal measure.

    Once we have all agreed on this, we can make concrete announcements about the release schedule. You won’t be surprised to hear we have had numerous enquiries from international film festivals and distributors about the completion of this film, so there will be no shortage of outlets once we take this to market.

    And as soon as we have any news on this and preview screenings, you, the Crowdfunders who launched this will be the first to hear. I am hoping that by the end of the summer we will have moved sufficiently to put a timeframe on this.

    More very soon as we progress. I’ll be in touch again in September if not before.

    Best to all of you

    Malcolm
  6.  
    Why does anyone have to agree on what's important? Make two films or three films or four films and have them run one after another. Then let the individual audience members decide for themselves what they consider to be important. Or maybe just make a film about everybody arguing about what's important and what's not. What could be more Dada than that.
  7.  
    Thanks for posting the email!
  8.  
    Nothing good ever comes from a band trying to control their own narrative in this sort of context. I was actually surprised that Bruce was on board when this project was first announced.
  9.  
    I could be wrong, but did 'band input' basically put paid to 'official' documentaries about Devo and The Stranglers? I'd love to see both those films but I think perhaps Mark Mothersbaugh and Hugh Cornwell respectively have at least caused indefinite hold-ups on the completed projects seeing general light of day.

    Hopefully People In A Room won't suffer a similar fate. Given what Kevin Eden has said about the band's response to Everybody Loves A History, a certain amount of disagreement was always likely.
  10.  
    Well it's now October, and Malcolm wasn't in touch again "in September, if not before".

    At this rate, Wire will be releasing it posthumously!
  11.  
    From the film’s Facebook page:

    “Dear all, an update on progress on Wire - People in A Film.

    We completed a first cut in early Summer. We now have thorough notes from the key band members past and present, and are preparing to shoot more interviews for a second cut.

    Many elements of the first cut will remain - we drew praise for example for our depiction of the Es Devlin collaboration at the Barbican; the introduction to Pink Flag; the scenes of the modern band recording at Rockfield. But it was felt by everyone on consideration that there were elements missing, and some which conversely didn’t need to be there.

    We also decided to interview more current young musicians about the enduring influence of Wire, to put the work in context for a younger audience. We are also approaching a very big festival headliner who regularly cites Wire as an influence, and claims he changed his band’s direction after seeing a Wire gig.

    Thus we are currently in the process of raising a little more budget to cover the cost of these new shoots. As soon as we have this, we can move swiftly and should have another cut before 2024 is too old.

    More soon!”
  12.  
    Thanks for this. I wonder who the very big festival headliner is. Cliff Richard or Elton John are my guess, but perhaps it's someone else.... (You are allowed to laugh, incidentally!)
  13.  
    Robert Smith.. ?
  14.  
    I think most of the subscribers will have got this message from Malcolm, but just in case:
    "
    Dear all

    I hope all are well, and have a great holiday season in spite of global unrest and conflict.

    Here’s an update on progress on Wire - People in A Film.

    I’m aware this time last year we initially hoped for screenings in 2023, so many of you will be wondering when this film you so generously launched the funding for will be completed. So here’s the plan!

    After finally emerging from the unpredictable chaos of the Covid fallout, we managed to return to something like normal just as this year began. Unfortunately I lost my mother this time last year, which also delayed matters as trying to deal with all that and organise a funeral four days before last Christmas proved practically and emotionally overwhelming.

    However, once I was past this we eventually completed a first rough assembly in early Summer. It then took a couple of months to receive comprehensive notes from all the band. The notes when they came were all quite diverse and sometimes presented quite opposite views. So it’s taken a while to work through all the implications of that.

    However we now have thorough notes from the key band members past and present, and are preparing to shoot more interviews for a second cut. I’ve also had very useful recent input from members of the band about key things they felt had been missed by the cut.

    Many elements of the first cut will remain - for example our depiction of the Es Devlin collaboration at the Barbican; the introduction to Pink Flag; the portraits of individual members of the band; the scenes of the modern band recording at Rockfield and on tour in the UK and USA in 2020. But it was felt by everyone on consideration that there were elements missing, and some which conversely didn’t need to be there.

    Thus we are currently in the process of raising a little more budget to cover the cost of these new shoots and edits. We can move swiftly and from my point of view there is no practical reason why the first screenings shouldn’t take place in 2024. I shall update you regularly moving forward until we can all celebrate preview screenings and the premiere!

    Thank you all. More very soon.

    Best

    Malcolm
    "