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Paul Kelly's Lawrence of Belgravia on BFI Blu-ray and Digital in June

25 May 2022

As lead singer of the much-loved bands Felt, Denim and Go-KartMozart, Lawrence is one of the true cult artists of the British indie music scene. This intimate portrait by Paul Kelly (Saint Etienne’s The London Trilogy, Dexys’ Nowhere is Home) was a labour of love eight years in the making, before it premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2011. A stirring character study of life lived within the margins of an unforgiving music business, previously only available on a long-deleted DVD, this new BFI edition presents Lawrence of Belgravia on Blu-ray for the very first time. Extras include a feature length audio commentary by Paul Kelly.

By the beginning of the next century, Lawrence is still struggling and about to be evicted from his Belgravia rooms while his latest incarnation, Go-Kart Mozart, attempt to ‘rehearse live’ for an upcoming tour that never materialises. From backstreet pubs to Paris and on to the Hammersmith Odeon, opening to an empty auditorium, Lawrence maintains a rugged determination that will not give up, no matter how adverse the terrain.

Follow the creation of his new album and various attempts at promotion while homeless and condemned to hostel living, and finally the glimmer of a new beginning where hope and redemption become bedfellows with Lawrence’s famed ‘abject passive misery’.

Lawrence of Belgravia Blu-ray cover art

Lawrence of Belgravia will be released on Blu-ray by the BFI on 13 June 2022 at the RRP of £19.99. It will be simultaneously released on BFI Player Subscription and on iTunes and Amazon Prime.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Feature-length audio commentary with director Paul Kelly
  • Lawrence of Belgravia Q&A (2011, 7 mins): filmmaker Paul Kelly and his documentary subject Lawrence discuss their collaboration at the 55th London Film Festival Introduction by Paul Kelly (2011, 2 mins)
  • Original trailer
  • Alternative title sequence (2011, 1 min)
  • Deleted scenes (2011, 5 mins): French Lesson and Building Site
  • Poetry readings (2 mins): Cat Meat on Slum Street (2009) and The Tortoise (2011)
  • First pressing only: Illustrated booklet with new writing by Siân Pattenden, Michael Hayden and Tim Murray, poetry by Lawrence and song lyrics, notes on the special features and credits

Launch screening, Q&A and signing at Rough Trade East, London E1 on Wednesday 15 June at 7pm.

The BFI and Rough Trade East (150 Brick Lane, London E1) present this special launch event, where a screening of LAWRENCE OF BELGRAVIA will be followed by an in conversation with Lawrence and director Paul Kelly, hosted by journalist Siân Pattenden. Tickets are £18 including a copy of the Blu-ray which can be signed on the night.

Click this link for further details.