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Keith Richards film to explore growing up in post-war Britain

Published 29/06/2016

Keith Richards will curate a weekend of films and live performances for BBC Four in September
Keith Richards will curate a weekend of films and live performances for BBC Four in September

Rolling Stone Keith Richards will swap concert arenas for the streets of Kent for a new BBC documentary about growing up in post-war Britain.

The guitarist will journey back to his formative years in the hour-long film, Keith Richards - The Origin Of The Species, directed by punk film-maker Julien Temple for BBC Two.

The documentary will be the centrepiece of the broadcaster's year-long My Generation season charting the history of pop music across the decades, and will air in July.

Richards will also curate a weekend of films and live performances for BBC Four in September.

Keith Richards' Lost Weekend will feature an introduction by the rocker - filmed by Temple - talking about his selections and inspirations.

Temple's documentary will show Richards "reclaiming for the first time on film his suburban roots" and "explore the impact he has had on how we all live our lives today", according to the BBC.

Richards, from Dartford, says in the documentary: "There was a feeling late 50s/early 60s that there was a change coming.

"Harold Macmillan actually said it - 'The winds of change' and all that - but he didn't mean it in quite the same way. I certainly felt that my generation and what was happening and the feeling in the air was it's time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it."

The film details how Richards narrowly avoided being killed by a bomb in the Second World War, when his cot was sprayed with bricks and mortar before he could walk or talk.

Temple, who has previously made a concert film with the Stones, and directed David Bowie film Absolute Beginners as well as music videos for Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross, said: "Listening to the early Stones as a kid changed everything for me. I felt a new way of living emerging, a new kind of person becoming possible - something I wanted to be a part of.

"And without a doubt I thought Keith Richards was the origin of the species. This film sets out to explore how both he and the 60s in England came about."

The film will cover rationing, austerity, the beginning of the National Health Service and the end of National Service, e nding at the point the Rolling Stones began.

Cassian Harrison, channel editor at BBC Four, said: "Keith Richards is undoubtedly one of the key icons of our age.

"His film for BBC2 will be a fascinating exploration into the post-war years, how they impacted both his life and others and influenced the 60s and the decades that followed.

"And his curated weekend of programmes for BBC4 will be a thrilling musical journey for viewers - giving an extraordinary and unique insight into Keith's passions and inspirations."

Jan Younghusband, head of music TV commissioning, said: "Keith Richards is an outstanding talent and an inspiration to us all.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring his unique and entertaining insights to our audience, in this special collaboration with Julien Temple. I know it will be a totally original experience."

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