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Meet the filmmaker

Craig Hooper

Craig Hooper, the filmmaker behind the From Here to inFinite documentary, was profiled in his local Welsh paper. This is not his first collaboration with Purple folk — he was also responsible for the 2003 Roger Glover documentary made for ITV Wales and produced the DVD that accompanied Gillan’s Inn career retrospective in 2006. His team has been granted unprecedented access to the band during inFinite writing and recording sessions in Nashville and Toronto.

The film also sees the band reflecting back on the many highs and lows of a career that’s influenced generations of musicians, and they consider a future choice – to retire gracefully or keep on rocking into their 70s.

From Here to inFinite premiers tomorrow, March 11 on Sky Arts in the UK, and on March 16 in cinemas in Germany and Austria. An extended version will be available with all inFinite editions that include a DVD.

Thanks to Nigel Young for the info.



4 Comments to “Meet the filmmaker”:

  1. 1
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy….. the air feels heavy with anticipation, can you feel the excitement?!. Smiles!.

  2. 2
    Nigel Young says:

    Deep Purple: From Here to Infinity. Film showing and Q&A
    USW journalism lecturer Craig Hooper will show his documentary about the recording of Deep Purple’s new album, and take part in a Q&A.
    Fri 17 March 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT
    University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus
    86-88 Adam Street
    Cardiff
    CF24 2FN
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deep-purple-from-here-to-infinity-film-showing-and-qa-tickets-32768455332

  3. 3
    Nigel Young says:

    “It was great to have the film crew there, especially with them being Welsh. This is the first time anyone has ever been allowed into our most intimate creative space. The whole band were a bit nervous about it but they were so professional that we soon forgot about the cameras. In fact, I think it even pushed us to produce a better album. The whole idea came about when I was given an Honorary Fellowship by the University of South Wales for services to music. After the ceremony I was chatting to Craig and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julie Lydon, and she suggested we make a film documenting the making of our next album.”

    “sound for the documentary was mixed by Dai Shell, the guitarist from 70s Cardiff rockers Sassafras.”

    http://www.southwales.ac.uk/news/news-2017/usw-lecturer-behind-rock-legend-documentary/

  4. 4
    Nigel Young says:

    Rock band Deep Purple has had a film about the making of their 20th album made by south Wales students.
    The group includes Roger Glover, 71, from Llangorse, Powys, who is credited with writing the title for their song “Smoke on the Water”.
    Mr Glover was given an honorary fellowship by the University of South Wales for services to music.
    The idea of a documentary came about when he spoke to journalism lecturer Craig Hooper after the ceremony.
    Mr Glover said he wanted to “give something back” to the university and a team flew out to Toronto, Canada, to film the writing and recording process.
    Deep Purple has existed in various forms since 1967 but Mr Glover thinks the group could be reaching the end.
    “I really hope this isn’t our last album. I love what I do. But I know we can’t carry on forever,” he said.
    He said it was the first time they had ever allowed anyone “into our most intimate space” but added: “The whole band were a bit nervous about it but they were so professional that we soon forgot about the cameras.
    “In fact, I think it even pushed us to produce a better album.”
    Deep Purple has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and the latest offering is called InFinite.
    Students and graduates got involved in the documentary, in roles such as researchers and graphics designers, and it will be available with the album when it is released in April.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39306205

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