Roger Waters celebrated his 71st birthday September 6th at the Toronto International Film Festival by attending the world premiere of his new documentary Roger Waters: The Wall. TIFF was the perfect venue for the former Pink Floyd bassist to debut his film since The Wall Live tour actually began its run at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on September 15, 2010, so Roger Waters: The Wall‘s TIFF premiere was like coming full circle. Also, what better way to follow “Bill Murray Day” than with a film that explores Waters’ epic tour from behind “the Wall.”
Longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich is credited with “Sound” in Roger Waters: The Wall, along with veteran sound mixer Adam Scrivener. The documentary runs for 133 minutes – 12 minutes longer than the classic double-LP itself – and was co-directed by Waters and Sean Evans, who was The Wall Tour’s creative director. Roger Waters: The Wall was filmed in three cities on two continents. So far, no release date has been announced for the documentary, but there will be two more Toronto screenings. Waters also revealed that his tour documentary could double as “an anti-war, protest film.”
Following the premiere, and after an impromptu serenade of “Happy Birthday” by the crowd, Waters conducted a Q&A session with audience members and was asked why Pink Floyd’s The Wall is so enduring. “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,” Waters said according to the Toronto Sun. “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.” All that, plus “Comfortably Numb” is awesome.
“I can’t top that tour,” Waters told Rolling Stone last November. “First of all, you have to accept the fact that I’m not going to live forever… You just have to accept that when you do something as enormous as that tour. The hardest thing in the world is thinking of something to do, so going and doing it is a reward in itself.”