To mark its release on digital platforms yesterday (April 4th), filmmaker Chris Atkins released a trailer for his controversial documentary about The KLF. Who killed the KLF?
The film premiered at the Fantastic Fest in Texas last September, despite objections from the editor of The KLF.
Snippets of the London duo’s songs, including “3am Eternal” and “What Time Is Love?”, are used in the documentary under the Fair Dealing Defense – which allows copyrighted works to be used without payment or permission if they to be used for the purpose of criticism.
However, in a report last October, lawyers on behalf of The KLF Atkins and its production team said they take any alleged violation “extremely seriously” and are trying to block the film’s release.
The group were also opposed to the film’s production when it began. In 2016, member Jimmy Caughty told an interviewer that he was unhappy about the documentary plans, saying: “We don’t want to do it – it’s like an archaeological dig through the past. We’re doing other things that we think are a lot more interesting.” Atkins nonetheless moved forward and did Who killed the KLF? an unauthorized documentary.
Check out the trailer below:
Trailer for my new documentary Who Killed The KLF? Available for download starting today, showings in cinemas from the end of April. Time to kick out the jams pic.twitter.com/N5cPm15YNd
— Chris Atkins (@scatatkins) April 4, 2022
In response to their efforts to block the publication Who killed the KLF?, Atkins brought up the group’s own history of unauthorized sampling. “The irony is that they used very large unexplained samples in all of their early tracks,” Atkins said The guard.
The KLF’s debut album, 1987: What The Fuck Is Going On?, contained so many unauthorized samples of copyrighted music that ABBA threatened legal action, prompting the duo to withdraw the record from sale and unsold copies to be disposed of in the North Sea.
Atkins stressed that he was a lifelong fan of the band, with the intention behind it Who killed the KLF? introduce the duo to a new audience.
“The whole point is to introduce your genius to a generation that doesn’t know it exists,” he said. “You watch this movie and you think Bill and Jimmy are great. It is the definitive narrative of the greatest history of music and art of the 20th century, never really told because the two protagonists don’t want to talk about it.”
In his tweet sharing the trailer, Atkins revealed that theatrical screenings of Who killed the KLF? takes place later in April. These have yet to be announced, although it is expected that more news will follow in the next few days.
The KLF, which scored a string of global hits in the late ’80s and early ’90s, famously exited the music industry in 1992. An appearance at this year’s BRIT Awards followed, where they fired machine gun blanks into the audience and then disposed of a dead sheep at the after-show party. When they left, they discontinued their entire discography.
The KLF finally returned to the limelight in 2017 (after brief comebacks in 1993 and 1997), releasing a book entitled 2023: A Trilogy. In 2021 the group released their own documentary, Welcome to the dark ageswho chronicled their efforts in 2018 to build “The People’s Pyramid”: a pyramid built from bricks burned with the ashes of 34,592 dead.
Following that release, they released a new album entitled Come Down Dawn – a redux of their 1990 album Chill Out – as well as a new compilation album, Solid State Logic 2, which included a previously unreleased collaboration with Jarvis Cocker . It was followed by Solid State Logic 1, a greatest hits release that marked the first time fans could hear The KLF on streaming services.
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