A friendship ends in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, the film I’ve been dreaming of making for years. To celebrate the end of the Kickstarter, and the film and my life, I’m dedicating this week to all the things we didn’t get to. (And yes, I’ve also written about all the things I did…)
Before we got into the film, I always knew I wanted to make a film about the band Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the most obvious opportunity was in their original songs with the great John Cale. I’d like to share the original recording with you.
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA
In order to get the film’s original songs in it, I first needed to get permission from the copyright holders, the Banshees, to reproduce these old recordings. I wanted to send a CD to the Banshees, saying “Please use this recording and give us the chance to make a film out of it”, but they refused. They even tried to buy it back from me after I’d sent it to them. But in the end, I got my own back, because the last two of the original songs on the CD made the film in almost all of its songs. So I was able to include two tracks of old recordings (in two different versions) that people wanted in the final film.
When the film was finished, I took the original CD with the complete songs onto the sound track. Then I put together a soundtrack for the film that was very much like how Siouxsie worked as a band. I used all the original songs with a different music library mixed in as well, with a long instrumental section and an alternate ending.
The film had a few additional songs recorded, including tracks of the second Banshee album. I’ve never got the rights to copyright the Banshee songs, so