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Mister Trouble Productions

London 1976: The punk movement came to life at a time when social protest was at its height, a time when the rebellious youth sought a different future than the prevailing sterile artistic and cultural context would have dictated. The movement involved all imaginable forms of rebellion, but music quickly became its chief manifestation. It was against this social backdrop that the young Corsican Henry Padovani first arrived in England. His two-week vacation turned into a seven-year sojourn as the novice musician discovered an entirely new world, whose fresh philosophy he quickly and instinctively adopted. This important era of musical and social history became, for Padovani, a formative period of friendship with those who are today known as the undisputed stars of pop and rock. Sting and The Police, Mick Jones and The Clash, Kim Wilde, Jeff Beck and The Stranglers, all became part of his life. Yet Padovani distanced himself from the spotlight, focusing his life instead on human values. To the big names of rock, Padovani was not simply a musical partner, but also – and above all – a friend; the type who stocked Sting’s fridge when The Police were still obscure and broke. And it is precisely through his dedication to friendship, solidarity, and joie-de-vivre that Henry Padovani became an ideal witness of this social-artistic gestation. Thanks to his personality, values, and demonstrated loyalty, Padovani remains the one to whom nothing is denied, the constant observer of these complicated years. It is this element of human adventure contained in the story of rock during the late 1970s and early ‘80s that we will try to reproduce in "Rock'n'Roll…Of Corse!" Through interviews and meetings in London and Corsica, we will try to capture the essence of the amazing adventure in order to make sense of the rock'n'roll movement. The descent into hell of Topper Headon (The Clash), the IRS label adventure alongside Miles Copeland (REM, The Bangles, Lord of the new Church etc.), friendship, solidarity, drugs, women and music all belong in this incredible story. From concerts in the historic clubs of the punk/rock London, to unpremeditated reunions and improvised discussions, Henry Padovani’s voice will guide us through the maze of this unique period. We will witness the truth when Henry Padovani – thirty years after the break-up of The Police’s original line-up – joins Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers on the stage of the Stade de France, to play in front of a crowd of 80,000 people. The film will focus on the elements of Padovani’s lifestyle. Whether as a young student or a rock’n’roller, we will follow the details of his life as faithfully as possible. We will meet his family, his friends, and others who knew of the dreams of the young Henry. We will visit his hometown, where it all began, where he realized that music would become his way of life. At the same time, it seems essential for this type of narration to leave as much as possible to the viewer’s own imagination; to uncover the story, and to self-identify with an exceptional life recounted as simply as it was lived. We believe it is important to emphasize both the human aspect that binds all these musicians, as well as the socio-political context in which they evolved. Their music is a “soundtrack” of sorts of those years. We will be considering the idea of life and accomplishment, passion for music in general and rock in particular, social rejection, and openness to others... We will use original images in which, for example, Sting testifies his deep bond with Henry Padovani, while trying to understand what was happening in this “bubbling” London by walking through the Camden district or through archive footage showing the originality and specificity of those years. These images (of concerts, etc…) will be a musical and visual testimony and an inexhaustible source of context and perspective that will illustrate the uniqueness of the time. Through exclusive images as the reformation of his band “The Flying Padovanis” in Japan (Fuji Rock Festival) or in Hyde Park (Hard Rock Calling), we will notice that history continues and that music is forever a part of their lives. To them, rock is not simply a phenomenon but an entire lifestyle, a common purpose, an incessant questioning, far beyond dreams. We will sail back and forth between yesterday and today, between art and society, music and human adventure, memories and historical realities. As both a player and an observer, Henry Padovani is a witness from within, and his hoarse voice will carry us. The memorable melodies of the Clash, the Who, the Pretenders, the Police or the Stranglers will allow us to (re)live, even if for a few moments, a time that has changed the way we listen to music forever.

Rock'n'roll... Of Corse!

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When You Believed it was Forever...
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February, 2010
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Born in 1974, Lionel Guedj studied history and philosophy and is a self-taught film-maker. His projects include "Les Rendez-vous de la Tour-Eiffel" a book which involved taking one photograph per day during one year in front of the luminous Eiffel Tower. From Shimon Peres to Johnny Depp, Oliver Stone to Keziah Jones, Boutros Boutros Ghali to Milla Jovovich, more than 300 celebrities appeared in this photographic record of the period leading to the turn of the millennium.
In 2000, Guedj joined the press agency Corbis/Sygma and was put in charge of their music department. He serendipitously began to direct films and after a request from legendary producer Ibrahima Sylla, went to Mali to direct Mandekalou, Words of Memory - a film which pays tribute to the tradition of African praise-singing. In 2003, he joins the organizing team of the Silhouette short films festival, the unique outdoor short films festival in Paris. Since then he has directed many EPKs, Videos and Live shows. Guedj’s currently directing and producing a documentary called “Rock’n’roll…Of Corse!”. A film on the amazing life of Henry Padovani, original guitarist of The Police, featuring Sting, Kim Wilde, The Clash, The Bangles, The Stranglers, Jeff Beck…

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Lionel Guedj & Stephane Bebert
Mister Trouble Production
Lionel Guedj, Stephane Bebert
Yves Deschamps
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Henry Padovani
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Stewart Copeland
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Miles Copeland
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Topper Headon
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Some people’s fates deserved t be known by everyone. Henry Padovani, this Young 24-year old corsican, who arrivedin London in December 1976, is one of them. Actor and witness of a period when the alternative and revolutionary trend, the punk movement, arose, this self-taught guitar player went through the 80’s like a météorite falling from nowhere. From The Police he founded with Stewart Copeland in January 77, until his réunion on stage thirty yearslater in front of 80,000 people, from The Clash to the Sex Pistols, from The Who to The Pretenders, from REM he signedup to Zucchero whom he manages, with everyone, Henry shared a little bit of their music and a lot of their lives. Going back to his London memories, camera in hand, a move guided by a series of improvised sequences, of interviews of some of thèse rock n roll heroes, and of those who were there, more anonymous but just as important, the story of an extraordinary man told in this film, faitfull to his drive for freedom and spontaneity. A man for whom Rock n Roll has always been synonymous of friendship and solidarity. A man who dedicated and keeps on dedicating his life to music, and Rock’n’roll…Of Corse !
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Between $100 000 and $1 Million
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About Mister Trouble Productions

Mister trouble Productions is the production company of Rock'n'roll... Of Corse! a stiring documentary on Henry Padovani, original guitarist of The Police and a major actor in the punk days.

Rock'n'roll...Of Corse!

When you believed it was forever..

A film by Lionel Guedj & Stephane Bebert



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