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The Music Stops Here

When our cities develop, why is culture the first to go?

The Music Stops Here is the story of an iconic music venue's final days before a government rail scheme forces it to close, despite the protestations of its regulars.

  • Adam Farkas
  • Alec Herron
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  • Genres:
    Music, Cities, Culture, Indie, Punk, Metal, Live music, Architecture
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 8, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,400 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    35 mm
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Work in progress screening (to launch Kickstarter fund) @ Star and Garter, Manchester
    United Kingdom
    February 25, 2017
    Work in progress screening (to launch Kickstarter fund)
Director Biography - Adam Farkas

Directed by Adam Farkas.
Produced by Alec Herron.

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Director Statement

When our cities develop, why is culture always the first to go?

Manchester, England has lost most of its independent music venues since the 1990s, as the Warehouse City’s economy rises from post-industrial slump to Northern Powerhouse and real estate prices climb to a premium.

To its many diehard regulars, the Star and Garter music venue means everything. It has been the home of Manchester’s punk, metal and indie scenes for decades and hosts some of the city's longest-running club nights, despite sitting in the derelict red light district.

In a story of capital over culture, the home of music luminaries such as The Smiths, Factory Records and Oasis is about to witness an icon of its musical history forced to make way for the expansion of the rail terminus opposite.

But in “a city that thinks a table is for dancing on”, the Star and Garter and its patrons aren’t going anywhere without a fight...and one last party.