I think a projected record of this title (based around John Tottenham‘s writing) was in the works when I first met Matt Johnson back in 2003, but finally, he and director Johanna St. Michaels have put together a documentary of ‘The Inertia Variations’. In the intervening years it has morphed into a film about Matt, not a musician with a copious output during the last 15 years (although by no means dormant, he just quietly ‘left’ the music business without telling anyone) and his struggle to write new songs. It follows him in the run up to his 12 hr Radio Cineola broadcast from his ‘War Room’ that culminated in a set of reinterpreted classics and the debut of a new song.
The premiere is happening next week in Copenhagen at the CPH:DOX festival with Matt and Johanna attending a Q&A on the 23rd at Cinemateket and on the 25th at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Hopefully there will be a UK showing soon