Five-star city film on record shops heads to success

04/10/2012 by

A ‘made in Birmingham’, fan funded documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of record shops has won a five star review - and is becoming the city’s film success story of 2012. 

“Last Shop Standing” is an engaging new documentary film, from multi award-winning film company, Blue Hippo Media, based in Digbeth. 

Filmed across the UK, including Birmingham’s own legendary The Diskery, it features music industry icons including Paul Weller, showing what has been lost by changes in the music industry, from the heyday of over 2,000 shops, to just under 300 by the mid 2000’s. 

It charts the rapid rise of record shops since the 1960s, the influence of the chart, as well as underhand deals, and the rise of new technologies. During the making of the film C. E. Hudsons, the oldest family run record shop in the world, closed its doors for the last time. 

Director Pip Piper, of Blue Hippo Media, said: “We have had great reviews for the film. It shows where things went wrong for shops, and why they were closing, bur reveals how the resurgence of vinyl is leading to a potential revival.” 

The film is described by Q magazine as ‘Brilliant’, and given a five star rating. It features interviews with more than 20 record shop owners, music industry leaders, and musicians also including: Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon. 

It is released on DVD and will be showing at The Electric Cinema on 16th October and the Midland Arts Centre on 25th October 2012.