Thursday, 3 June 2010

Sarah Records documentary comes to Indietracks!

The documentary My Secret World: The Story of Sarah Records is currently in production and Bristol based filmmaker Lucy Dawkins will be attending this years Indietracks to film footage for inclusion in the doc. Lucy tells us about her plans for the film:

My Secret World: The Story of Sarah Records will feature interviews with Sarah Records founders Clare Wadd and Matt Haynes and along with former Sarah band members, will share their memories of the label and reveal the inspiration for the music they released.

Sarah Record’s manifesto was simple; to release 100 of the world's greatest pop-records and then fold. True to their word, in August 1995 they took an advert out in Melody Maker and the NME to announce their 100th release and the end of the label. The Story of Sarah Records will celebrate Sarah’s music along with Clare and Matt's often overlooked political agenda. Committed to socialism and feminism and influenced by the fanzines and DIY attitude of the 70s punk scene, Clare and Matt were as vocal about their causes as their music. They were brave and uncompromising, refusing to play the music industry game to the very end. All these reasons have inspired me to make this documentary and I cannot understand why this film has not been made before now!

I have had a fantastic reaction from Sarah fans from all over the world about the documentary and I think it is really amazing that this little independent record label from Bristol managed to build such a huge following. The fact that people still have such affection for the label even though Sarah Records ended 15 years ago is really remarkable. The Story of Sarah Records will be a tribute to what Clare and Matt achieved and this documentary will hopefully bring attention to all the fantastic music Sarah released.

I am very excited about filming at this year’s Indietracks and as well as interviewing the bands that have been influenced by the sound of Sarah I would also like to talk to the fans. Sarah’s fans are an incredibly important part of Sarah’s story and I hope that Sarah fans attending the festival would like to talk about their favourite releases or share their memories of the label. I am interested in talking to Sarah fans old and new so if you see me with my video camera please come up and say Hi!

For any Sarah fans that are unable to attend Indietracks you can still be a part of the documentary by recording your own video message, please visit: to find out more.


  1. Indietracks 2010: Would it be good if "they" managed to play the entire Sarah discography between bands? Yes it would!!!