The Rest Is History Documentary

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The Rest Is History is a documentary about the early days of jungle and drum & bass with those who were there and helped to create it. Made by Peter Costigan, we grabbed a few words with him to get the story behind the film.

Tell us about yourself and your background.
I’m a filmmaker from Milton, Ontario, Canada. I use to be an actor, soon after I became a Junglist which led me to be a DJ/producer/promoter for many years. Now I’m trying my hand at filmmaking.

Explain what The Rest Is History is all about and what people can expect.
The film gets into a discussion about the building blocks of drum & bass. It also gets into all the cultural elements that helped spread the music during the 90’s such as pirate radio and record stores. I tried to get to the heart of where it all came from and I wanted to show the audience the passion and dedication it took by so many to get the music where it is today.

How did the idea come about?
As a person with a film background, I always had it in mind how cool it would be to see a documentary about the origins of drum & bass. It would be an interesting watch and a good education for the younger generation. When I started this project there really wasn’t much out there for people to learn so I thought I would give it a go.

How long has it been in the making?
We started pre-production in the summer of 2015 and finished in early 2018. Then I spent the next year or so dealing with licenses and figuring out how the film festival world works.

How much of a challenge has it been making?
It’s been extremely difficult mainly because I live in Canada. Flying back and forward isn’t cheap and gets exhausting. Trying to get the DJs organised for interviews was tough at times too. We had a lot of cancellations which isn’t that big of a deal to most, but when you have a limited time in the country it can cause a lot of headaches.

Where can people see it?
The doc will be touring in select cinemas across the UK in 2020 starting in London again on Thursday 6 February. Ticket information and more screening dates will be released very soon. You will be able to find information at docnrollfestival.com or The Rest Is History Facebook page.

What comes next for the Rest Is History and for yourself?
The film will be doing the rounds in the festival circuit for the next year or so. Hopefully, it will get picked up for some distribution along the way. As for me, I have a few ideas I’m working on for a short film and I’ll also be back in the studio working on music again.

Anything else you want to tell us about?
In Canada back in the 1990s before I even knew how to use the internet, I was riding my bike to the local bookshop to buy my copy of Knowledge Magazine. It was the only way for me to get information about the music I love so much. So thanks so much for that and everything Knowledge has done to support d&b over the years.

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About Author

Colin Steven co-founded Knowledge Magazine in 1994. He also runs a book publishing company called Velocity Press specialising in electronic music and club culture.

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