First day, First Show for TAAQ

Bangalore band Thermal and a Quarter’s 30-minute, enigmatically titled film, WFW/DFD, premieres this evening. The footage comes from a tour of the UK

Published: 05th April 2014 08:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2014 09:04 AM   |  A+A-


This evening, Bangalore home boys Thermal and a Quarter are all set to show their very first movie. It is titled WFW/DFD, and will be screened at B Flat, Indiranagar at 9 pm.

Bruce Lee Mani, the frontman, gives us a devilish laugh before telling us he cannot reveal the meaning behind the title. “You might find out when you watch the movie, even though it’s not explicitly spelt out. But you just might,” he teases.

“It’s a very simple movie. It’s not a full length feature film, it’s neither fiction nor a documentary. It basically aims to showcase the work of artistes and their life, what it’s like to be in this line of work,” he explains.

He says artistes are constantly questioned by people who tell them it’s not a real job they are doing, and they will never make any money. “Basically, the film is about making a life in the arts and what it does to you,” Bruce says.

40 days in UK

The movie has been almost entirely shot in the UK, while the band was touring last year, doing 30 gigs there in 40 days. While the movie was directed by the band, the man behind the lens was the band’s close friend and publicity photographer, Harmit Singh.

“He traveled along with us and shot footage every day. We didn’t really anticipate a movie to come out of it. But once we were back, and we looked through the footage, we realised we had something. The experience of the festival motivated us into doing this,” he says.

The band has no clue what they’ll do with the 30-minute movie after this Saturday, but they plan to find out along the way.

The screening will be followed by a gig, featuring quite a few covers. “The gig is also connected to the movie in some way. We’re going to play some obscure songs by well known bands and then some obscure songs by some obscure bands,” informs Bruce.

The gig will featue an addition to the three man group, with Ramanan Chandramouli, from the now defunct band The Bicycle Days, taking on guitar duties.

WFW/DFD, B Flat, Indiranagar, 6.30 pm

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