DATE : 25TH OF FEBRUARY 2021
Filmmaking duo MILTON has come up with this Music Documentary called Always Fast Hardly Accurate. The Movie Culture was glad enough to have spoken to them about the Documentary how it covers the Music side of things.
The documentary has a very 70s look to it regarding which we also spoke about. And many more, so let’s not fool around and start with the interview.
Hi, we at The Movie Culture Team are grateful to be talking to you about Always Fast, Hardly Accurate.
MILTON: Hi, thank you for having us
Q. The movie has a very 70s Black and White Film look to it, was the whole thing intentional to represent the punk scene?
MILTON: Taking influences from films such as ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ by Penelope Spheeris and ‘Dig!’ by Ondi Timoner, we wanted to avoid the overly slick look of contemporary documentaries and focus on creating a memorable and fitting grainy atmosphere and style. In the same way Flasyd are refreshing in a world of overproduced, soulless, commercial pop music, we wanted to make a film with that same kind of rebellious spirit. We also didn’t have the budget or time to get good lighting, so it looks better in Black and White.
Q. Flasyd is the band who is at the center of this Documentary. Why this Band and how was it following them?
MILTON: Well first and foremost we were big fans of their debut EP ‘Flasyd’. Originally it was just meant to be about them, however once we landed in New York we were thrusted into this thriving underground scene. The bands echoed the likes of the early New York punk days of CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City, when punk wasn’t just about music, it was just as much about living and collaborating and attitude. We knew we had found something special and had to document it.
Following the band was a rollercoaster and some of the most fun we’ve had filming yet. The first couple of days no cameras were swung as we had to gain their trust through living as they did. This falls into our Gonzo approach of filmmaking as we believe to get the most accurate representation, one must first live in their boots for a period of time. However, despite this initial induction, getting all the band together proved near impossible. You just never knew when that moment would be therefore our trusty DV cam followed us wherever when our large A cam became an impediment. Just like unicorns of the night each moment we got them was as preternatural as it was fleeting.
But then again if it was easy everyone would be doing it.
Q. What personally drew you towards documenting the punk scene?
MILTON: Throughout our work we have always been interested in searching out subcultures and people on the fringes of society, and punk culture represents an attitude of collaboration and creativity which we find very inspiring. In the UK especially, the music industry has been shockingly disregarded, and it is now harder than ever for new bands just starting out. We’d like to highlight the significance of this and the importance of having live music again. We now plan to extend this into a trilogy exploring contemporary punk music across three different continents, New York, Mexico and Japan. The latter of which we have recently obtained funding for and will explore the struggle of punk musicians from Japan’s Buraku or ‘Slave’ Class.
Q. You mentioned shooting on a low budget and with less flexibility, despite that is there a silver lining or a fun time you might wanna share?
MILTON: We believe that shooting on a low budget is what made the film the spontaneous and raw account that it is, we don’t think a film like that could have been made with a large crew or objective interviewers. The fact the characters in the film treated us as their equals meant we were able to capture genuine and honest moments, we think there’s something to be said for shooting on a low budget as there’s no expectations therefore it’s a very freeing feeling, our only wish is that we had more time with them.
Q. What can the audience expect from Always Fast, Hardly Accurate?
MILTON: We’ll let the band answer this one; ‘Shocking, rude, erratic, and strangely sticky, Flasyd is chaos soaked in beer. Syd Walsh (vocals, Tallest), Miranda Zipse (guitar and drums, Enemy of God), Kim Sollecito (guitar and drums, Most Middle Fingers to Camera), and Nazar Khamis (bass, Disguises?) barely arrive for soundcheck, but always arrive in time to rawk. Exceptionally talented performers, these image-driven celebrities are no strangers to the fast world of sports and entertainment. In only a short amount of time, Flasyd has shared the stage with some of New York City’s finest musicians, such as James Chance, Kid Congo, King Khan, Joe Colman – and artists everywhere are clamoring to get Flasyd on their bill. Flaysd is a rust that corrodes all it touches. So very strange, and yet, apparently true – Flasyd is moving faster than you think. Step in to their ever-present private hell, you might dig what you find.’
Q. Lastly, where and when can we find Always Fast, Hardly Accurate?
MILTON: Always Fast, Hardly Accurate is available to rent or buy on Vimeo on Demand.
Thanks for taking time to answer these questions.
The Movie Culture Synopsis
What a pleasant interview, one thing is clear that MILTON chose the right ground to document as any documentary stands for shedding light on a matter not so mainstream amongst the public.
Kudos for following the band around and documenting their life and making us feel we are watching something we should not. Always Fast Hardly Accurate will be available in PVOD, watch this space for more updates.