UK-based factual, entertainment and live events specialist, CC-Lab has been commissioned by Sky Arts to produce Escape From History.
The feature length doc will look at the writing, rehearsal and recording of the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preacher’s 1996 album Everything Must Go. The album received critical and commercial success during the height of its release.
The making of Everything Must Go was produced under emotional pressure in the wake of the band’s lyricists and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards disappearance in February 1995.
Escape From History intertwines the thoughts and experiences of Edwards’ band members at the time of his disappearance with the recollections with those taking part in the making of the album. These interviews are woven together with lyrics, letters, photographs, promos, live performances and home videos, much of which has never been seen before, to build a portrait of the creation of the Manic’s fourth album.
The film was commissioned by Barbara Lee at Sky and executive produced by Jason Hocking and Justin Rees for CC-Lab. It is directed by Kieran Evans, who in 2014, was awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for his feature film Kelly + Victor.
“Everything Must Go confounded and delighted fans and critics and propelled the Manic Street Preachers into a world of universal acclaim, multiple awards, huge record sales and sold-out arena tours. Escape from History will offer a unique insight into how an album of such crucial cultural significance was made despite the tragic circumstances surrounding its creation,” said Lee, in a statement.