Roger Waters will bring The Wall to film screens a second time with a documentary and concert film based on his three-year tour.
Roger Waters' The Wall will have its premier at the Toronto Film Festival on September 6 with additional showings on September 7 and 14. The film was directed by Waters and Sean Evans, who was the creative director and graphic designer for the show. The film captures the entire performance of the epic work, which includes the building of a 500 foot and state-of-the-art graphics, that Waters performed 219 times over three years.
According to promoters:
The film, like the piece of music on which it is based, is drenched in Waters' politics and memories. Scarred by the fact that his father was killed in action in Italy in 1944, when Roger was not yet six months old, his work is a plea for peace and understanding — as walls create fear, misunderstanding, and often lead to war and death.
It includes a highly personal and moving journey through France and Italy as Waters visits the WWI cemetery in which his grandfather is buried, and the monument near the Anzio beaches on which his father's name is inscribed.
On the hundredth anniversary of the First World War's outbreak, this film shows that art so often springs from memory — and we can never forget.
Toronto Film Festival director and CEO Piers Handling added:
Ever since The Wall was released, it has become one of the classic rock albums of all time. Its popularity continues and its message is still timely. Deeply affected by his father's and grandfather's deaths in the two world wars, Roger Waters has crafted a plea to tear down the walls that lead to misunderstandings and wars. This powerful performance film allows Roger to explore what The Wall still means to him as he performs it in front of tens of thousands of fans, and visits more personal places that resonate with meaning on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
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