In 2000, I was heavily involved in an independent documentary production for Channel 4, ‘Dreamweaver’, a Bert Jansch documentary, made by Bearcat Productions – producer Matt Quinn and director Darrin Nightingale, with Matt’s parents also on the registered company listing.
Matt was a young BJ fan with a TV industry background and lots of enthusiasm. The documentary managed a lot in an hour, with lots of interviewees from Bert’s past and future (it was Matt who introduced Bert to Johnny Marr and Bernard Butler – both in the doc – and the trio became friends and collaborators as a result) and a particularly good sequence of a couple of songs, which I’d suggested, filmed at the empty concert hall in Cecil Sharpe House in daylight. I can recall everyone saying the caretaker was a pain in the arse that day. 😀
At the time, Bert told me he hoped a DVD version with extra stuff, specifically a jam with US bluesmeister Kelly Joe Phelps (unused in the doc), would appear. But after one more commission for Channel 4 (a 10 minute doc about Badly Drawn Boy), Matt stepped back from the TV game and told me he was taking » Continue Reading.