MERCURY STUDIOS UNVEIL THE RELEASE OF “HAVE YOU GOT IT YET?” THE STORY OF SYD BARRETT AND PINK FLOYD

Produced by Mercury Studios, Believe Media and A Cat Called Rover

~OUT JULY 19, 2024~

“The Definitive Documentary On Early Pink Floyd” – Variety

“As comprehensive and coherent an account of Barrett’s countercultural tragedy as one could hope for” – The New York Times

“Captivating and poignant” – The Hollywood Reporter

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New York, NY – Mercury Studios, Universal Music Group’s innovative and multi-faceted content studio, is proud to announce the DVD+Blu-ray release of the critically acclaimed documentary film Have You Got It Yet?, a compelling dive into the life and genius of Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd fame. The film will also be made available on digital formats, as well as On Demand.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roddy Bogawa and the late, acclaimed album cover designer Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney and Black Sabbath), and produced by Orian Williams (England Is Mine, Creation Stories, Control), the feature length documentary drew praise for its candid glimpse into the prismatic character and artistry of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. Visionaries behind prog rock and British psychedelic music, Pink Floyd chartered a monolithic legacy in both music and cultural history. Syd, who gave the group their moniker by combining the names of two obscure blues players – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, played a crucial role in igniting that history, then left the group before they met stardom.

Released in cinemas worldwide in Summer 2023, Have You Got It Yet? achieved a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a successful theatrical run with many sold-out screenings. Intimate interviews with band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters uncover Barrett’s ongoing impact on the group. Going a step further, the film also includes an interview with Syd’s sister, Rosemary Breen. Narrated by actor Jason Isaacs, the film also features original band managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, as well as The Who’s Pete Townshend and Blur’s Graham Coxon.

In addition to the full-length film, the DVD+Blu-ray set includes a plethora of bonus features. Two poignant live performances of “Arnold Layne” are highlighted – this first features David Gilmour & David Bowie (originally released in David Gilmour’s Remember That Night Live At The Royal Albert Hall, 2007). The second is a performance from 2007’s The Madcap’s Last Laugh – a tribute concert for Syd Barrett featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright in their final performance as Pink Floyd.

Additionally, the DVD+Blu-ray includes an interview with Bogawa and director & producer commentary of the film with Bogawa, Rupert Truman, and Julius Beltrame. Further exploring his creative works, the set features discussions surrounding Barrett’s paintings, and spoken word performances of Barrett’s lyrics by comedian Noel Fielding (“Dark Globe”), poet Rob Fitterman (“Rats”) and actor Gerard Bell (“Lucifer Sam”). The package, designed by StormStudios, is completed with an exclusive Have You Got It Yet? poster, which was also designed by the studio.

Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd crystallized a cultural moment where anything seemed possible but where that freedom could come with a cost. Was Syd just another drug casualty? Did he suffer from an undiagnosed mental condition? Or did he dislike the attention and fame as the fun turned to work? While there are no clear answers which might be the case, there is the feeling by all those around Syd that something went terribly wrong. Have You Got it Yet? is a chronicle and a mosaic of Barrett’s creative and destructive impulses, his captivating presence and absence – a portrait of the complex puzzle that was his life”.

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ABOUT MERCURY STUDIOS
Mercury Studios is a full-service production studio, focused on telling compelling stories through the lens of music.

Current and recent projects include Oscar and BAFTA award nominated American Symphony, directed by Matthew Heineman for the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions/Netflix, If These Walls Could Sing, directed by Mary McCartney for Disney+, My Life as a Rolling Stone for the BBC and MGM+,  Shania Twain: Not Just A Girl for Netflix and This Town, a six-part series for the BBC from writer, creator, and executive producer Steven Knight.  

Mercury Studios also produced Sam Smith: Live at the Royal Albert Hall for BBC, Billie Eilish’s Overheated at the O2 London and Lang Lang Plays Disney for Disney+.

Editorially independent, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and represents the world’s leading catalog of music-related content, consisting of thousands of hours of premium music-driven film and television programming.

ABOUT BELIEVE
Believe Media is a production company devoted to visual innovation, artistic originality and nurturing young talent with a vision and voice. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, and London, Believe maintains strong alliances with a global network of clients. We offer vast experience and adaptive strategies to diverse projects for the world’s most esteemed brands, agencies, record labels and iconic musical artists. Our directors’ influence in visual storytelling, fashion, automotive and music has been celebrated at such awards as the Cannes Lions, the Clios, the ADDYs, SXSW and the MTV awards.

ABOUT CAT CALLED ROVER
A CAT CALLED ROVER was founded in 2014 by StormStudios photographer Rupert Truman, Producer Julius Beltrame and Director Roddy Bogawa to complete HAVE YOU GOT IT YET? after the untimely passing of co-Director Storm Thorgerson. Taking its name from one of Syd Barrett’s cats, the production company’s first feature length work is HAVE YOU GOT IT YET? THE STORY OF SYD BARRETT AND PINK FLOYD.

Pink Floyd’s 50th Anniversary Animation contest was won by a brilliant piece of work by Rati Dabrundashvili and Nastassja Nikitina, from Caucasus, Georgia, who won the first prize of £100,000 for their animation entitled “Brain Damage”. The video’s animation style replicating a moving painting put it in a league of its own and was filled with Pink Floyd Easter eggs and references, personifying going mad and the lunatics in all our heads. “We put our souls in this work, and we hope to give a little back of what we have received for all these years,” the winning team said.

Judges for the competition included Scarfe, Floyd drummer Nick MasonMonty Python alum/director Terry Gilliam, former BBC creative director Alan Yentob, director of Netflix‘s Squaring The Circle documentary on the Hipgnosis creative firm Anton Corbijn, and more. 

 

Roddy Bogawa Syd Barrett

The documentary film, “Have you got it yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd”, which brings former Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, to life from stories from friends and fellow musicians was shortlisted for the Music Film of the Year in MOJO magazine in 2023.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roddy Bogawa (Taken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis) and the late, acclaimed designer Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath). 

Featuring interviews with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, original band managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, as well as The Who’s Pete Townshend and Blur’s Graham Coxon among others.

“What the Floyd did, what Syd did, somehow at those few gigs they did in London is that they defined the whole of that moment in the ‘60s.”
– Pete Townshend (The Who)

“Syd Barrett’s music, both with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, changed everything in pop culture.” – Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

“Riveting, poignant, tender, moving and tragic but ultimately inspiring.”
– John Squire (The Stone Roses)

 

 

Have You Seen It Yet?

The new Syd Barrett film Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett is showing in Light Cinemas around the UK on 30th October. 

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Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roddy Bogawa (Taken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis) and the late, acclaimed designer Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath).

Featuring interviews with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, original band managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, as well as The Who’s Pete Townshend and Blur’s Graham Coxon among others.

“What the Floyd did, what Syd did, somehow at those few gigs they did in London is that they defined the whole of that moment in the ‘60s.”
– Pete Townshend (The Who)

“Syd Barrett’s music, both with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, changed everything in pop culture.” – Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

“Riveting, poignant, tender, moving and tragic but ultimately inspiring.”
– John Squire (The Stone Roses)

 

The tour of the film Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett continues. 

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roddy Bogawa (Taken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis) and the late, acclaimed designer Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath).

Featuring interviews with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, original band managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, as well as The Who’s Pete Townshend and Blur’s Graham Coxon among others.

“What the Floyd did, what Syd did, somehow at those few gigs they did in London is that they defined the whole of that moment in the ‘60s.”
– Pete Townshend (The Who)

“Syd Barrett’s music, both with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, changed everything in pop culture.” – Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

“Riveting, poignant, tender, moving and tragic but ultimately inspiring.”
– John Squire (The Stone Roses)

 

We are also delighted to announce the opportunity to meet filmmaker, Roddy Bogawa, and producer, Orian Williams, at the following film showings.

18 September:  Olympic Studios, London, UK

20 September:  Battersea (The Cinema In The Power Station), London, UK

21 September:  Picturehouse – Cambridge, UK

We are delighted to reveal the next new Official Lyrics Video of Syd’s song “She Took A Long Cool Look” is available now on YouTube. Please enjoy. We look forward to reading your comments.

Syd Barrett 1963

The Barrett family are thrilled to launch the next animated lyric video for Syd Barrett Official YouTube, “Love Song”.

Created by Swedish animator The Artist On The Border it is inspired by the love letters Syd wrote to his girlfriends Libby Gausden Chisman and Jenny Spires in the heady, magical late Sixties when Pink Floyd was setting out on the road to fame.

The Artist On The Border spoke about his film

“Love Song” takes us head first into to young Syd Barrett’s letters, prominently featured in Rocket 88s book “Barrett – the definitive visual companion”.

Though “Love Song” most likely was written in the early 1970s, the lyrics work as a handwritten poem, a letter to someone special. Syd would often illustrate his letters with small cartoons or seemingly random images. In this animated creation, I want you to dive into the whimsical, magical experience of just having received a handwritten Love letter from him. Signed “Love, Syd!”

We have shown the film to both Libby and Jenny, and they are both thrilled with it.

Libby Gausden Chisman said  ”I think it’s absolutely lovely xx

Jenny Spires said “Seeing these adorable little stick men and the band drawings Syd sent me come to life in this way is extraordinary.  Syd would have been completely fascinated by it …. just lovely to see… thank you.”

Opening In NY Theaters July 14th & LA Theaters July 21st

Additional Cities To Be Announced

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roddy Bogawa (Taken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis) and the late, acclaimed designer Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath).

Featuring interviews with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, original band managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, as well as The Who’s Pete Townshend and Blur’s Graham Coxon among others.

“What the Floyd did, what Syd did, somehow at those few gigs they did in London is that they defined the whole of that moment in the ‘60s.”
– Pete Townshend (The Who)

“Syd Barrett’s music, both with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, changed everything in pop culture.” – Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

“Riveting, poignant, tender, moving and tragic but ultimately inspiring.”
– John Squire (The Stone Roses)

Abramorama to distribute the film globally.

Syd Barrett 1963

Syd Barrett Music Limited and the Syd Barrett estate are launching a dedicated Syd Barrett YouTube channel

The channel is a natural extension of Syd Barrett’s existing online presence and will consist of artistic interpretations of his solo music, with accompanying music and lyrics. Together with the Swedish animator, Alex Teglbjaerg, known as The Artist on the Border, there will be new animated music videos released on an ongoing basis. It will initially focus on the solo songs which originally appeared on ”An Introduction to Syd Barrett” (2010).

“There isn’t all that much filmed Syd Barrett out there,” says Peter Barrett on behalf of the Barrett family, ”you’ve already seen most of the material and the few bits that pop up are quickly placed in the digital public domain. We want to take his quirky and poetic lyrics and translate them into images.”

Alex Teglbjaerg said of the project: “I try to take the listener into a Syd Barrett dream of sorts. Syd was a craftsman when it came to writing intriguing lyrics for his songs. Many times utilising cut-up techniques. That’s what I am attempting to do as well. I take what we take for granted, Syd in a room with painted floorboards and find a way to discover more. Not just zoom in, I try to immerse the viewer in that room by using collages and elements from multiple sources. But in the end, the focus is not on the visuals themselves.
It lies in Syd’s music and lyrics.”

The YouTube channel will launch with animated videos for

Terrapin”, “Dominoes” and “Dark Globe

with more to follow

Cult icon, enigma, recluse… the life of Syd Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, is full of unanswered questions. Until now.

Piecing together his comet-like rise to pop stardom, his creative and destructive impulses, breakdown, exit from the band and subsequent life alone, this feature length documentary is set against the social context of the explosive sixties. Directed by Storm Thorgerson (Hipgnosis) and award-winning director Roddy Bogawa, it features new interviews with Syd’s friends, lovers, family and band mates Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason.

Syd Barrett, founding member of world famous rock group Pink Floyd and its initial songwriter and leader, led a life full of unanswered questions. Was he a drug casualty of the sixties? Did he walk away from the pressures of the commercial music world? Did he suffer from an undiagnosed mental illness?

Pink Floyd were caught in the epicentre of the ‘underground’ explosion of the 60s as the psychedelic house band of the UFO club in London, with Syd Barrett its enigmatic figurehead, inspiring such musicians as David Bowie and Marc Bolan. Though he named the group, wrote the first two hit songs and was the lead vocalist and guitarist, Barrett was pushed out of the band by its members who were convinced he was having an LSD induced psychotic breakdown.

After leaving Pink Floyd, Barrett struggled to record two solo records but eventually dropped out of the music industry completely, living as a recluse for thirty years – while Pink Floyd went on to worldwide fame as one of the biggest selling bands of all time. Many Pink Floyd works examined themes of genius and madness.

The film includes iconic screen footage for SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND, rarely seen excerpts of Syd backstage, never-before seen photographs and a soundtrack full of Floyd’s music, HAVE YOU GOT IT YET? will thrill fans and newcomers to Syd’s legend alike.

Produced by Mercury Studios, @believemedia and A Cat Called Rover, and directed by @roddybogawa and the late Storm Thorgerson, ‘Have You Got It Yet?’ will premiere at @everymankingscross in London on 27th April 2023 📽

Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd will premiere across Everyman Cinemas in the UK from Monday 15th May. For more information, please visit https://www.everymancinema.com/ and late June in the US & Canada