57. The WHQ Channel 4 documentary has landed…

The Channel 4 documentary has landed…

So here’s an online link to the Channel 4 film, which is available to watch at All 4 now on demand, from anywhere in the UK.

If you want to see it in Hi-Def, just go & sit on the couch, put your feet up & watch it on your TV. Simply go to All 4 & search –  ‘Any Colour You Like.’

This little page, explains the background to how it came to happen…

It’s taken ages to get released (as these things do) so we are really pleased it’s finally out.

We’ve obviously seen it & it’s got our seal of approval, so we hope you all really like it.

It’s a cool, short, documentary film, giving a potted history covering WHQ’s evolution over 4 decades in Newcastle.

It’s called ‘Any Colour You Like’.

It gives great insight into what we get up to & all the background, to why here at WHQ we choose to operate & present ourselves in the unique way that we do…

We didn’t want to make the equivalent of a promotional ‘pop video’. We wanted instead, a film that explained just why it is, that the Club aims to embrace everyone & one that properly reflected our 35 year contribution in trying to improve Newcastle – one record at a time.

Massive thanks to Director Toby W Robson from ‘Two Yanks & a Brit’ Films & his team for all their hard work in making this for Channel 4.

Somehow we’ve ended up with a credit of ‘Producer,’ but in all honesty, that title really belongs to Toby.

Here’s how it all came about…

THE BBC VIBE

The BBC approached us twice in 2015, to make a half hour programme about the history of World HQ, to be broadcast on the television at 7pm, for a show called ‘Inside Out’.


It was very kind of them to offer, we were flattered & we very, very nearly did it. As we were really busy we couldn’t participate at the time of their first contact.

We think stuff like that over for ages though & after we had, we felt it maybe wasn’t quite the correct arena in which to present what we’ve done to a wider public.

So when they asked again a little later, we were still too busy & we backed off from being filmed.

We then knocked back another couple of offers to participate in independently produced TV shows, focusing on Newcastle & it’s nightlife – as all the ones we’d seen recently really sucked.

You can read one of the pitches we knocked back, over in Complaint Corner.

.

THE CHANNEL 4 APPROACH

Having knocked back everyone else, the idea behind the Channel 4 thing was kicked about, discussed, planned & negotiated for well over 18 months.

We only did it as we had met (many times) with & trusted the Director.

Also because it was an opportunity for us to for once, show the opposite of how Newcastle is sometimes negatively represented on the box.

Ours is a more positive story, it’s not about getting ‘mortal’ – It’s about committing to the city, overcoming all obstacles & believing in your dreams.

We also knew the people behind the film really understood the Club & the finished product would have high production values.

So they commissioned it & signed off the funds to make a little documentary.

It represents our long history in Newcastle as an Underground Club & now cosmopolitan alternative to the rest of the city.

Most importantly of all, when we said Ronnie, the WHQ dog, had to be in it for us to agree..?

They said yes & obviously, as anyone who knows us well will realise – that initially sealed the deal…

As you’ll understand, it was a big change for us to cooperate at this level with the top tier of the national media, as usually we spend all our time trying to stay out of the spotlight.

But in this case we made an exception, as we thought it could be a positive thing for the Club & help us to spread our racially harmonic groove to a wider, national & international audience.

It took an age to make & went through loads of versions & time constraints meant that the final cut has ended up without Ronnie in it… Gulp..!

Never mind, you cant have everything & we’re sure she will forgive us for a nice big cuddle & a biscuit.

We hope so anyway…

There is already another far longer film about the Club (over an hour long) in the pipeline, which will be more comprehensive & cover a lot more of our website’s History section as well.

So here’s an online link to the Channel 4 film, which is available to watch at All 4 now on demand, from anywhere in the UK.

If you want to see it in Hi-Def, just go & sit on the couch & watch it on your TV.

Simply go to All 4 & search –  ‘Any Colour You Like.’