Director: Matt Hulse
THE HIPPIES were a bizarre English child-punk band formed in 1979. Their cassette album 'A Sound for the Future' featured songs about disease, assassination & The Antarctic.
'Would you please stop sitting around in your pyjamas, eating toast & singeing your legs by the gas fire. Get up & do something creative!'.
(Ruth Pendragon, Mother & Manager)
THE HIPPIES wrote/recorded several original songs. Topics like fatal disease (‘Rabies’), assassination (‘Dallas City Ghost’), dystopia (‘Terra Nova’) and a rap on a Chinese math teacher (‘Poh Song’). These were compiled on the cassette EP: 'A Sound for the Future'.
Matt Hulse is an artist who makes films. His work is formally innovative, playful, sometimes collaborative, and typically crosses or combines genres, techniques and platforms. He has recently completed his second feature film Dummy Jim, which screened at Rotterdam and Edinburgh in 2013.
When Radio Film launched in July 2013, Matt was the first director to approach us with an idea. Having known him for many years, we jumped at the chance to produce The Hippies which featured on the launch slate for the company, supported by funding from NFM.
After a successful pitch at CPH:DOX we attracted interest from BBC Storyville.
At Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 we were selected on the Specials Board for Meet Market and began co-pro discussions with Aconite Productions in Scotland. After further development during Create:Innovate and a pitch at Power to The Pixel, we submitted an expression of interest to Creative England, which led to an invitation to submit for further funding.
In October 2014, The Hippies moved into pre-production with Pinball Films. For latest updates please contact Matt on anormalboy [at] gmail.com