Lawrence of Belgravia
A man who goes by only one name, like Madonna, Prince and Beyonce, yet he doesn’t have the international fame that might afford him the privilege of being so familiar. Still, somehow he’s got a documentary made about him so he’s got to be a somebody… With a career dating back to 1979, Lawrence was in Felt, Denim and Go Kart Mozart; releasing a catalogue of music that received praise from the music buying public and press. Dubbed as Britain’s greatest ‘lost’ artist; Lawrence is a musician who although he has headed three bands and been signed to numerous record labels, he’s ultimately been denied true chart success back when the charts meant something.
Lawrence of Belgravia is a film by Paul Kelly about an alt-rock cult artist who originally hailed from Birmingham. Exploring the differences between the reality of Lawrence’s life as an ordinary man and the conflicts this has with his vision of being a star. An eternal optimist within, the documentary is not the harrowing piece you might expect about someone who has yet to realise his dream. Filmed over eight years, this is no mere snapshot and is a labour of love for both men and an insight into the struggles of being an artist.
Lawrence of Belgravia will be showing at Broadway on Thursday 10 May at 8pm, followed by a Q&A with Lawrence and Paul Kelly.