Documentary - Completed 2012

The unpublished story of Killing Joke

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 150 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Shaun PETTIGREW
    • Writer(s)
    • Producer(s)
    • Steve PIPER (Coffee Films), Shaun PETTIGREW (ILC Productions), Jaz COLEMAN (Killing Joke)
    • Synopsis
    • "Killing Joke... it's what we listened to every night... when we hit the stage we were already sweating from listening to those songs."
      Dave Grohl, Nirvana and Foo Fighters, speaking in the film.
      Killing Joke rose to fame in late 70s and early 80s Britain hot on the heels of punk rock. Championed by legendary DJ John Peel they were noted for controversial yet ironic imagery and punch ups with journalists who just didn’t get it.
      Dubbed “the Forefathers of Industrial Rock” their albums followed the punk explosion round the world picking up a determined cult following that still brings over a quarter million people to their world tours today. At least that’s what the history books say and all that Czech radio journalist Jana Trzilova was expecting when she was asked to interview frontman Jaz Coleman.
      "You’re working with Killing Joke…? Are you mad? They’re crazy, they're devil worshippers! They’re really fucked up man! They're not good people."
      Rolling Stones and Killing Joke producer Chris Kimsey, speaking in the film
      Jaz had more than an interview in mind; the award winning chorister and violinist, controversial composer-in-residence for the Czech symphony orchestra and founding member of Killing Joke had chosen her to explain and participate in an Aleister Crowley inspired esoteric experiment that would take her halfway around this world and deep into a new one.
      Taking on a singular and obsessive purpose to find the source of Killing Joke’s philosophy she retraces Coleman's footsteps, from symphony composer in Prague to punk-industrial musician in Britain. Through 30 years of turbulent music history, multiple splits, reformations, legal battles, reunion tours and twelve albums pulsing with walls of rhythmic sound that influenced Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Faith No More, The Cult, Kate Bush, the Czech Symphony Orchestra and even Disney’s Mulan, Jana discovers in Jaz Coleman a Pandora’s Box she can’t possibly keep shut.
      "...within the music he's either playing with magic or magic is playing with him… at gigs you could cut the atmosphere with a knife... it was a real tribal thing, they were giving out to the audience and the audience was giving back... it had this air of menace, which I love."
      Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, speaking in the film
      She travels along ancient ley lines from the Scottish island of Iona to Glastonbury Tor, all the way to Nazca in Peru via Iceland where the band hid out in 1982 awaiting the apocalypse predicted in one of Coleman’s visions.
      Through mysticism, numerology, the occult, white heat experiments and the Knights Templar she follows the trail to Egypt where a 1993 experimental recording session in the heart of the Great Pyramid opened trans-dimensional gates to the heart of the planet’s cosmic energy.
      "It was like a nightmare or something... from this day forward I will never go back to the pyramids."
      Sammy, Great Pyramid recording session engineer, speaking in the film
      She explores Killing Joke’s visual statements of a world descending into the materialist, corrupt and unjust, their prophetic interest in the resurrection of nature and the environment and the plan to save some small part of a new world on a mountainous island off the coast of New Zealand. This is where she finally finds Coleman, understands the agenda and gives birth to her child; the hope hidden in the bottom of Pandora’s Box.
      “Souls are recycled in the Death and Resurrection Show.”
      Jaz Coleman, Killing Joke
      The Death and Resurrection Show is the definitive Killing Joke documentary that fans have been awaiting for years. Set against the turbulent return of the original band line-up for a final 30th anniversary world tour the film delves deep into the dark, humorous, misunderstood, perverse and encyclopaedic genius of founding front-man Jaz Coleman and the strange powers over other’s reality that he both claims and seems to have.
      23 years of filming the events, locations and interviews, 30 years of archive footage and recordings and one unique filmmaking vision that blurs the boundary between documentary and fiction, becoming the final word and ultimate conclusion of the story and performance that is Jaz Coleman and Killing Joke itself.
    • Production schedule
    • Currently available all territories