Heavy Load are East Sussex's answer to The Ramones, a punk outfit subject to the inflammatory mix of ego, fantasy, and desire that fuels any emerging band. They're also, uniquely, made up of musicians with and without learning disabilities, which makes the band's survival a precarious negotiation between two different worlds: on the one hand the institutional timetable of day centres, work placements and social workers; on the other the chaotic slacker life of rehearsal rooms, studios and gigs. Shot over two years as the band record their first album The Queen Mother's Dead, the film is a comedy of conflicting ambitions, capturing the sweat and romance of playing in a band as they move out of the ghetto of disability club nights to test whether their dreams can survive in the mainstream.
In Search of Happiness
- Heavy Load review by Jawbreaker
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After enjoying the Story of Anvil, here we have a band limited on talent but fully enjoying themselves playing their own brand of punk rock. It soon becomes apparent that the music isn't the main focus of this documentary, band relationships and their own personal lives come to the forefront of the film. What holds them all together is the love of music and the realisation that this can be a force of good, even when events attempt to split the band. Heavy Load is a hugely enjoyable documentary, very original and this disc also features a great selection of extra features.