2016, Marc Waltman, The Netherlands, 96 mins


8th June 20:30 - LDN - Crouch End Picturehouse - TICKETS

26th April 21:00 - LDN - ICA - SOLD-OUT

 “Walking in the Opposite Direction” is a documentary about the savagely charismatic music and troubled life of Adrian Borland, leader of British post-punk’s great lost icons The Sound. 

It is a tale of headstrong talent and dark despair: English singer-songwriter Adrian Borland, whose poetic lyrics, passionate vocals and compelling guitar work fuelled the critically lauded, Stooges and Joy Division-hued post-punk band The Sound, battled mental illness before taking his own life in 1999. This haunting music documentary, by turns troubling and tender, was made in the Netherlands where Borland found his greatest acclaim. Via insights from those who knew him best, it turns an unsparing eye on an artist’s fierce creative vision and fearless determination to pursue his muse, even at the cost of his peace of mind. 

Combining performance footage, photos and interviews with friends, partners, collaborators and his father Bob, a constant support in his career, Walking in the Opposite Direction traces Borland’s career from early punk band The Outsiders, through critically acclaimed Sound albums including Jeopardy (1980) and In The Lion’s Mouth (1981), to his final solo recordings. Waltman’s film captures the exhilaration and charisma of Borland’s music, as well as the black dread that followed him. 

The BFI is funding ‘Transformative Film Culture For Hull', as part of its National Lottery-funded BFI Film Audience Network and led by its lead partner BFI Film Hub North. Delivered through Hull 2017 and by Hull Independent Cinema and a unique partnership of film festival, educational and archive partners from across the north, the film programme will bring a packed programme of more than 400 screenings, one-off events and film festivals throughout the year to Hull and the region. The programme reflects the BFI’s activities across the UK to bring film to audiences where there is less opportunity for them to experience and engage in film, and to support local film networks and audience initiatives. There will be much to explore, celebrate and enjoy.