A Love Supreme

Dir: Gary Barber and Paul Dutnall
Cast: Spike Wells
59mins   2020   UK   no rating   English   

Part of Cinecity 2020 - The Brighton Film Festival

The film will be followed by a live performance by Spike Wells and his band.

The story of a man creatively talented, academically driven and spiritually motivated. The film traces the complex career of Father Michael Wells aka 'Spike' Wells, parish priest who is also a renowned jazz drummer. 'Spike' Wells achieved early success as a drummer during the 1960's and 70's, touring with musicians such as Ronnie Scott, Stan Getz and Roland Kirk.

The pressures of constant touring and financial insecurity led him to become a lawyer, and music took second place for the next two decades. In his mid 40's, a religious conversion led to Spike's ordination as a priest and he now combines his religious work with jazz gigs.

The film was first released in 2000 featuring interviews with the drummer, his family, Bobby Wellins and others. This 2020 edit has been updated and extended with additional interviews from Simon Spillett, Art Themen and Wells reflecting on his life to date.



Sat 14 November