As a celebration to mark 40 years since the release of their first single, we are pleased to welcome Madness saxophonist and songwriter Lee Thompson to the BME. During this special event, we will be showing the film ‘One Man’s Madness’, a fresh, disorienting, quirky, slapstick romp through the history of Madness, accompanied by Lee himself. The film will be followed by an in-conversation with Lee and film writer/director, Jeff Baynes. During the evening there will be an opportunity to purchase DVDs, CDs and signed t-shirts.
One Man’s Madness
Directed by Jeff Baynes and starring all members of Madness as well as Neville Staple, Lynval Golding, Norman Cook and others, the film takes its cue from the Ealing comedies of the 40s and 50s, music hall and famous BBC arts documentaries, with a nod to those great British comics down the years such as Max Wall, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Morecambe and Wise and Spike Milligan.
“The whole experience in the making of this Mocu has been a sheer joy,” says Lee. “Miming along to all the characters was slightly tongue-twisting. However, with the director’s patience and
perseverance we got there eventually. Jeff makes a fantastic Cappuccino and his wife was most patient with my array of props, wigs and slap. Thank you to all involved, you’ve made a happy
man very old!”
‘One Man’s Madness is an affectionate, revealing and often very funny look at the story of one of the UK’s greatest pop bands, Madness from the perspective of their charismatic saxophone
player Lee Thompson. While many band biopics become mired in the telling the story of a group as a whole, One Man’s Madness takes the bold step of looking at the story of Madness through the life of just one of its members; Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson. With contributions from all of the
members of Madness, as well as family, colleagues and fans, it is a documentary as compelling and unconventional as its subject. A must see for any fan of Madness.’ Phill Jupitus