Synopsis: For Steven Lockmoore, busking is a way of life. He’s worked hard for his place on the street and is passionate about the community he is a part of.
But his world starts to slowly unravel with the emergence of a rival busker, Paul Adrian, who is invading Steven’s turf.
Steven has to go on an exploration of what is important to him and what it means to be an artist following your dreams.
From the Director’s Statement:
Driven by a desire to shine a light on a hitherto unexplored subculture, and to showcase the musical talent my hometown of Leeds has to offer, I set out to make a documentary about busking. My intention was to follow a number of different buskers, taking a look at their day-to-day routines, their differing musical styles and the challenges they face. In addition to this, I wanted to take the time to get to know them as people as well as performers, drawing influence from such films as Errol Morris’ “Vernon, Florida” (1981) that take the time to dwell on human moments, allowing the audience to find humour and warmth in the mannerisms and foibles of everyday characters.
But everything changed when I met Steven Lockmoore. He was a wholly unique busker, a magnetic performer who, despite having a somewhat questionable amount of talent, had an undeniable abundance of charisma. I took inspiration from fiction writer/directors such as Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K, who fuse comedy with drama to make the process of viewing as rewarding emotionally as it is comedic. The approach lent itself very well to Steven’s character: he is at times hilarious, at other times tragic; at times deluded, at other times brutally aware of himself. We followed him day after day and very soon it became clear that I had no need to present a profile of multiple buskers; in Steven I found all the humour, determination and conflict that I needed to tell a compelling and cinematic story.
Busking Turf Wars (UK)
Busking Turf Wars (UK) will be screened at No Gloss Film Festival 2016.