One Room Man - Kevin Coyne

One Room Man - Kevin Coyne

One Room Man - Kevin Coyne

  • Boris Tomischiczek
  • Germany
  • 2002, 29 min
Photography: Maximilian Plettau, Caroline Haffmann, Oli Koch
Editing: Knut Karger
Sound: Knut Karger, J Ü Rgen Roth
Music: Kevin Coyne & Band
Color: Black and white

With each song, he writes his biography anew. For him, composition is a means to elaborate a game of transfiguration and disguise. With each tone, his psychical features change, his existence multiplies sometimes nonchalantly, sometimes with difficulties. Fragment after fragment the world of one composition is being born in a single room, the film camera itself creates the room of the work, there is nowhere to escape from the scene.

So, we can see the work of a rocker live, or more exactly, one night of his intensive composing has been squeezed into less than half an hour, it became a series of suggestive cuts documenting the progress of his work, rebounding in creation. The experimental film grows out of the fact that the creation process, or at least its external symptoms and their tones, can be captured in reality sometimes, somewhere, somehow, that there is not only the resulting shape, but a real human being, gestures full of unrealised opportunities, wishes and dreams... art overtakes reality, reality overtakes art... or whatever.

The extraordinary portrait of the British rock’n’roll legend and the punk generation idol Kevin Coyne is made in the studio where the musician composes. The room with a man holding a guitar in his hand changes into an abstract space of creation, we are witnessing a real improvisation. Coyne himself frees himself of his legend, he does not exist as a musician, but as a medium of a process in which the audience can take part as well.

The director installed two professional MiniDV cameras that were running all the time. One of them was static and was filming the whole room, the second was operated by a cameraman making detailed shots of the musician who does not only concentrate on the composition, but, in the continuous monologues, reveals his thinking about the music, which gives an eccentric charm to his work. A man and his creative work appear in the perspective of both macro— and microcosms, undelivered detailed vision and broader interpretation. It is the form of this film that makes it so extraordinary, its monologues make the viewer think about the usual connections between the author and his work, a composition and its audience.

Photo Gallery

Film School Munich HFF / Germany /
Festival edition: 2003
Sections: Baedecker
Exhibition format: 35 mm


The author of the official spot is renowned director Jean-Luc Godard