Film and permanent memorial to celebrate life of Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett who died in 2006

Syd Barrett who died in 2006 - Credit: Archant

Several events have been organised to mark the life and work of former Pink Floyd member - Syd Barrett .

A concert will take place at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on October 27 and a permanent memorial to the singer songwriter, who died 10 years ago, will also be unveiled at the venue, earlier in the day.

Tickets for the concert are now sold out, but Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series of films about both Syd Barrett and the Swinging Sixties at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival, as part of its celebrations of the life and work of Syd Barrett.

The centre piece will be a film, entitled Get All That Ant?, a free form documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Syd Barrett’s, Anthony Stern.

The documentary feature is made up of film footage, stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. With the majority of footage having never been seen before, the film includes live performance footage and stills from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including Iggy Rose, the girl on The Madcap Laughs album sleeve and former girlfriends Libby Gausden and Jenny Spires.


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The film will premiere as part of a series of film screenings about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd on October 21 at the Cambridge Guildhall as part of the 36th Cambridge Film Festival which runs from October 20-27.

Cambridge Live, which runs the city’s corn exchange and Cambridge Folk Festival, commissioned a piece of public art using funding from Cambridge City Council, in collaboration with the late singer’s family. It will be displayed at the Cambridge Corn Exchange to commemorate his last ever live public performances at the venue in 1972.

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The artwork will be unveiled on October 27 in the year that marks both the 10th anniversary of Syd’s death as well as the 70th anniversary of his birth.

Cambridge Live operations director Neil Jones, said: “It’s great to link the world premiere of Anthony Stern’s film to this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. The footage in the film has locked away for over 4 decades and makes for an incredible documentary of the Swinging Sixties by a man who was at the very heart of the scene and captured it all first hand. Along with other films about Syd Barrett it should make for a fantastic evening”.

Tickets for the fim screenings and the walking tours will be available from www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

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