Ray Davies - Return To Waterloo

Ray Davies - Return To Waterloo
Release Date:
13th Feb 2017
Running Time:
57 minutes
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Ray Davies - Return To Waterloo


Ray Davies of the Kinks, well-respected as one of rock’s best storytellers, makes his filmmaking debut as director, writer and composer of RETURN TO WATERLOO.

This hour long feature is a unique approach to the synthesis of music, video and cinema. Instead of dialogue, the story is told through music and lyrics. The haunting songs, unavailable on any Kinks album, take renowned actor Ken Colley on a suspenseful journey through his imagination, as he confronts reality and fantasy, love and violence.

Also starring Valerie Holliman, Dominique Barnes, Tim Roth and (briefly) Ray Davies himself. This film, a cult classic, is a watershed event in the development of the music video art form, as it was created for itself rather than to promote a record; not a concert, not a grouping of promo videos, this is a real movie, and an impressive directorial debut.

RETURN TO WATERLOO embraces Ray Davies’ satirical (and occasionally comical) view of modern society, as reflected in over thirty albums over a remarkable twenty-five years with The Kinks.

Return to Waterloo
Going Solo
Missing Persons
Sold Me Out
Lonely Hearts
Not Far Away
Voices In The Dark

“…a witty attack on 80’s Britain...exceptionally well executed.” – UNCUT 
“...a little masterpiece, Davies got it just right.” – The Listener (BBC)
“...strikingly original and, at times, brilliant.” – London Daily Mail
“...a cryptic but arresting blend of drama and pop video, a kind of mind’s eye journey with music...” – The (London) Standard