The trailer for a new documentary about legendary French DJ Laurent Garnier has been unveiled ahead of its release in UK cinemas and on-demand from 15th July, with a London premiere at BFI Southbank on 9th July complete with artist Q&A and after party at Spiritland Royal Festival Hall.
Released by music documentary film agency Doc'n Roll, and directed by Gabin Rivoire, Laurent Garnier: Off the Record offers an intimate insight into its protagonist's career, including formative days in the booth at iconic venues like The Haçienda in Manchester (where he debuted in 1987), position at the forefront of seminal Parisian nightspot The Rex, founder of the revered F Communication label, and avid supporter of a once-fledgling French electro scene.
Garnier's story is told through archive images and video, alongside footage from his recent world tour. Interviews with a host of major names from the global dance music industry also feature, with talking heads including The Blessed Madonna, Kitten, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Peggy Gou, and Kenny Larkin, among others. In addition to focusing on the man himself, the film pays homage to club culture in general, tracing lineages from New York, Chicago, Detroit, London, northern England, and continental Europe, and touches on attempts to suppress the community by authorities, which continue today.
Laurent Garnier: Off the Record screened at a number of festivals last year to widespread acclaim, with its UK premiere taking place as part go the bi-annual Manchester International Festival. It will now go on select release with screenings across Britain from 15th July, at which point viewers will also be able to watch through Doc'n Roll TV, iTunes, and Amazon Video.
Last year, Garnier was among the names involved in the launch of a new campaign to give nightclubs in France cultural status.