Roger Waters has premiered his tour documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Toronto Film Festival.
The documentary was shot by Waters himself alongside director Sean Evans and shows footage from between 2010 and 2013, when the singer was touring the album across the world.
A synopsis by Toronto International Film Festival director Piers Handler says the following about the documentary: “Ever since The Wall was released, it has become one of the classic rock albums of all time. Its popularity continues and its message is still timely. Deeply affected by his father’s and grandfather’s deaths in the two world wars, Roger Waters has crafted a plea to tear down the walls that lead to misunderstandings and wars. This powerful performance film allows Roger to explore what The Wall still means to him as he performs it in front of tens of thousands of fans, and visits more personal places that resonate with meaning on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.”
The film itself runs for 133 minutes and will be shown twice more in Toronto, however a worldwide release date is yet to be confirmed. The ‘sound’ credit on the film, meanwhile, is attributed to regular Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich.
As the Toronto Sun reports, Waters also took part in a Q&A session after the screening, commenting on various aspects of ‘The Wall’s continued endurance. Addressing this issue, Waters stated, “I think people are sick and tired of being told that the most important thing in their life is commerce and the new this and the new that. I think people are probably ready to go now, ‘Well, all of that rhetoric lead us to lob bombs over the top of the wall, that divides society ecologically, economically, philosophically and politically, from all our fellow human beings. And we no longer want to be told by our political leaders that they are scum and that we are great. ‘So that I believe that it may be we’re no longer interested in the ‘us and them’ form of political philosophy that we’ve been fed on for the last couple of 1,000 years and that we may be ready to move into a new place.”
Roger Waters also celebrated his 71st birthday at the event.