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Director Interview: Pip Piper on The Vinyl Revival

Tue 10 September 2019

Director Pip Piper chats to MAC about his new film, The Vinyl Revival, about why the tables are turning again…

Why did you decide to make The Vinyl Revival at this time?

I was just so amazed by the phenomenal growth in the vinyl industry since I made the film Last Shop Standing (which was over 6 years ago now); a film that tells the story of ‘the indie record shop’, but lamenting its massive decline from over 2200 shops to under 300. The growth of vinyl and the resurgence of record shops across the UK in the last few years made me realise there was a new and fascinating story to tell. Based on the success of Last Shops Standing, I understood there was an audience out there that wanted to hear these stories.

From a Director’s perspective, what did you want to explore in this film?

What I wanted to do with The Vinyl Revival was go quite a bit deeper than simply exploring our relationship to music, but within that looking at our connection to physical products like vinyl. I wanted to follow stories that reflected this concept and tap into commentary from renowned music and culture experts too. I try to tell stories without narration and without too much control to instead allow the voices and imagery to take audiences on a satisfying journey.

Why did you decide to show your film with a post-screening discussion in Birmingham, and more specifically at MAC?

So far, we have had great responses to the film across the UK and I know Birmingham will love it too. Birmingham will always be my hometown, despite now living in Devon. This city is where I spent 30 years living and working, 25 of which I worked as a filmmaker and became part of the wider creative community. An especially important experience for me during this time was running the Producers Forum (now known as Screen Central). It’s great to be back at MAC where many of my films have been shown. The post-screening Q+A is a great opportunity to take conversation surrounding my film deeper - ahead of a drink in the bar! I am really looking forward to the event, and can’t wait to welcome audiences.

The Vinyl Revival | MAC Cinema | 19 September | 6:30pm

Produced and directed by Pip Piper, The Vinyl Revival is the follow up to the acclaimed documentary Last Shop Standing, exploring the renaissance in all things vinyl as we hear from passionate new record shops owners as well the established die-hards still going and thriving. We hear from musicians and music industry pundits, experts on culture and music history, to discuss the importance of the record shop and vinyl as a whole. The film also answers the ‘why’ of vinyl’s revival, the human need for belonging, the love of history, and the stories of how the humble little record shop has shaped so many lives.

Contributors to The Vinyl Revival include Philip Selway (Radiohead), Jen Otter Bikerdike (Rock and Roll Historian), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) and Ade Utley (Portishead).

A Blue Hippo Media Film.

Tickets for this event may be purchased here.