Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack and filmmaker Adam Curtis have completed a movie called Massive Attack V Adam Curtis. The movie premiered at the Manchester International Festival earlier this Summer and is about to have a run at the Park Avenue Armory in New York on 28.
The film takes a dystopian view of the present as "the transition from a world inspired by an optimistic vision of the future to today's fearful and risk averse, managed society," according to the press release. Their point is that the last 50 years of the last century looked at the future as one that was bright, expanding and full of new ideas. The present is one where risk is over-managed and coming up with new ideas has been discarded in favor of recycling old ones.
Massive Attack plays live along with the film for a live film score. They'll be joined by Liz Fraser and Horace Andy, and they'll even include covers as diverse as Streisand and Siberian punk.
Del Naja said this when speaking to Vice about the current static environment "Even though we have the internet and the opportunities that offers to communicate and sell things directly without having to use more conventional channels, we’re still governed. Everyone tries to break out of it, Radiohead famously did it, but on the whole everyone just ends up slipping back into the old groove. I find that quite remarkable and depressing, so this is an opportunity to do something totally different. In terms of festivals and making resources available for us to do it, it is really great because we wouldn’t be able to go out and do this."