No Distance Left To Run
Taking its title from a song on their 1999 album 13 (believed to refer to Damon Albarn’s protracted split from his long term partner Justine Frischmann) this solid, occasionally compelling documentary revisits Britpop’s fabulous four on the brink of their 2009 reunion tour. Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace’s film is, however, something a little bit more interesting than a straight Blur concert film. Anchored by interviews taken between rehearsals and using much previously unseen archive material, No Distance Left To Run recounts the story of Blur from Colchester and Goldsmiths to implosion, separation, reunion and their euphoric return gigs at Glastonbury and Hyde park. It’s a giddy modern and fairly scruffy rock ‘n’ roll tale, one made more interesting by the fact that at its heart it is the story of friendships usurped by fame and success and an effective confirmation of that old cliché that time heals all.
Older and wiser – Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree give very honest accounts of how a childhood friendship (between Albarn and Coxon) turned into a JD Salinger-influenced band Seymour and then into Blur. Following their trajectory through the Britpop years the filmmakers wisely focus (in often unflinching fashion) as much on the fractious relationships between the members of the band as with the more famous one with Oasis. It’s a fascinating journey, one that leaves you feeling only admiration for this remarkable band.
Out now on selected release.