I’m chuffed to be able to announce the date and venue for the World Premiere of The End Point Of A Circle. It’s been a long time coming. Dom first started filming for the project in 2009, and we’ve been interviewing and filming assiduously ever since. We’ve spoken to Gimpo every year, of course, but it’s been a tribute to Dom’s patience and tenacity that we’ve been able to chat to people like Iain Sinclair and Bill Drummond for the film.
Now, finally, we can show people what we’ve been up to. The End Point Of A Circle will premiere as part of the opening ceremony of the Portobello Film Festival on August 29th at the Pop-Up Cinema on Acklam Road, where the Westway meets the Portobello Road. Dom and I will be there to introduce the film, and we’re hoping that a special guest or two will join us.
Here’s the press release.
Since 1997, the M25 has been the subject, canvas and location of a unique and unfolding work of performance art. Gimpo, ex-roadie and factotum of Bill Drummond, has driven round the infamous London Orbital for 25 hours, once a year. He will continue to do so until 2021 on a 25- year mission of discovery.
He calls it The M25 Spin.
Documentarian Dominic Wade, who has already explored the world of extended filming with his raw and revealing film 24 Hours In London, has been given unprecedented access to Gimpo and his world in order to document The Spin. Dominic will be joining Gimpo and his crew every year until 2021 as they seek to find The End Point Of A Circle.
Gimpo is an unusual and endearing character, and he’s seen a lot in his many years on the road. He was one of the few witnesses to the K Foundation’s anti- art establishment actions, which led to the burning of a million pounds on the Isle of Jura in 1994. Bill Drummond accompanied Gimpo on the first Spin. Footage of that day was captured by Gimpo on VHS and will be included in the film.
The M25 Spin is part performance artwork, part club venue (the references to rave culture and its restless, mobile nature are clear) and part motoring oddity (it’s still possible to buy DVDs that are exclusively footage of a circuit of the M25. It’s entirely likely that Gimpo owns one of these tapes). Featuring interviews with Bill Drummond and Iain Sinclair, The End Point Of A Circle will document, embrace and eventually become part of the whole process.
Whatever else happens, The Spin will make a mark on its completion. Even if it’s just skid marks somewhere near Junction 27.
“You wanna know why the M25 Spin is 25hrs and not 24? Le Mans is 24hrs. I just want to be one louder.” – Gimpo
To give you an idea of what to expect, here are a few promos. The first is by Mark Ironman Records, who attended the 2013 Spin (and made a great job of documenting it, by the way: http://ironmanrecords.net/2013/03/english-heretic-gimpos-m25-25-hour-spin-23rd-24th-march-2013/)
Next up, one Dom made a few years ago, that gives a good feel for the tone of the movie.
Finally, one from me. Bit more in the realm of a teaser, this…
For more on this year’s Portobello Film Festival, grab a copy of the official programme here.