Radiation

Radiation

Director: Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky

1999, USA, 35mm

 

Program Notes

A young Spaniard music promoter (Unai Fresnedo) finds himself in trouble when a club owner refuses to pay him for a gig and his drug supplier is pressuring him for money. With another band (Come) waiting for him at the airport, he goes on the run with hopes of shaking out some cash that never comes. Ignacio Fernandez is his long suffering partner and Katy Petty is a performance artist seeking to get her big break. RADIATION features concert footage from Come, Stereolab, Will Oldham, and El Inquilino Communista.

 

“One of the most original films about the music biz this reviewer has ever seen, Radiation follows the non-exploits of scheming promoter Unai (Unai Fresnedo), who sees his musical ambitions turn to dust as he screws up a European tour for indie darlings Come and then hopelessly tries to set things straight by halfheartedly screwing over everyone within three feet. ….Radiation hits the nail on the head when it comes to its portrayal of the lower echelons of the indie music world. Fresnedo, who in real life is — surprise! — an indie music promoter, is amazing in his role. Is he live or Memorex? This blurring of the line between artistic fiction and reality is disquieting to say the least, and directors Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky clearly know whereof they film.” — Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle