Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

5 QUESTIONS FOR... Hazel Plater; the 40-Year-Old , from Newcastle, Is the Producer of an In-Production Feature Length Film about the Legendary Tyneside Music Venue Riverside, Which First Opened Its Doors in the Mid-Eighties. Having Already Raised $5,000 to Start Making the Film, a New Crowd Funding Campaign Is Aiming to Raise Another PS7,500 to Help Complete It

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

5 QUESTIONS FOR... Hazel Plater; the 40-Year-Old , from Newcastle, Is the Producer of an In-Production Feature Length Film about the Legendary Tyneside Music Venue Riverside, Which First Opened Its Doors in the Mid-Eighties. Having Already Raised $5,000 to Start Making the Film, a New Crowd Funding Campaign Is Aiming to Raise Another PS7,500 to Help Complete It

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Where did the idea for the film come from? The film follows on from the recent book, Riverside: Newcastle''s Legendary Alternative Music Venue, which was written and compiled by me and Carl Taylor - the film's producers - taking in the recollections of numerous Riverside members, staff and musicians that played.

The film didn''t really become a reality, however, until its director, Carol Lynn, who had also been a Riverside regular, came on board. We are now four with the addition of executive producer Ashley Horner, an experienced film maker, who also hung out at Riverside.

What was so special about Riverside? Riverside.''s beginnings were in the musician''s collectives of the early 80s. It was set up as a co-operatively run venue with the blood, sweat and tears of a group of youngsters who loved music but had nowhere to go. Successful writers, musicians, film makers and Hot Wheels(r) car designers all owe something of their being to the sticky floored, stinky club. Riverside was an independent spirit that was allowed to flourish and prosper, and lives on in the people it touched and nurtured.

As many Riverside members came to the area as students and later moved away, word of the film has reached as far away as Australia and Dubai. The story of Riverside is one that resonates with people far and wide whether they attended or not though.

Everyone, everywhere, has these places that were an important part of their formative years. Riverside''s tale appeals to music lovers the world over. People have become fascinated with this out-of-the-way venue where era-defining bands played their early shows. One such example was Nirvana, who played their first UK/European show there in October 1989, second on the bill.

What has been the response to the crowd funding campaign? We exceeded our $5,000 target for crowd funding Stage 1 which allowed Carol and Carl to travel to the USA and shoot key interviews. Ian Mackaye, whose band Fugazi played several times at Riverside, has been very supportive, putting the team up at Dischord House when they met him in Washington DC. …

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