30th Century Man

Scott Walker was a member of 60’s hit band the Walker Brothers. Actually none of the Walker brothers had the surname Walker; Scott’s was Engle. Why am I telling you this? Well, this is one of the few facts that I learnt from the 90 minute documentary film about this mysterious maverick musician. If the man himself is elusive, his music is even more so, which is probably why you’ve not heard of him. Not only was the man and the music elusive, but so was the film itself – my friend spent many hours trying to track down a cinema where we could watch it; we ended up having to go to Solihull. But it was worth it. The documentary was much more about the music than the personality, with some sequences just showing people like Jarvis Cocker and David Bowie (both influenced by him) listening to Walker’s music. And frightening music it is too, but having watched this film, I’m making the effort to dip more than my toes into it.