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They Call it Acid – The 1st authentic documentary on The Rave Scene by those who were really there. – A Madchester Review

Words by Martin Hiscox

Madchester was lucky enough to be invited to a private screening of They Call it Acid at a venue in Central Manchester. In a nutshell, the film is top notch and the occasion left the faces in attendance like they had been beamed back in time to the late 80’s. All of the major players involved in the North West Parties are featured. From Anthony & Chris Donnelly (The Illegal Acid Kings) who laid on the best parties in the North of England to Graeme Park & The General Mike Pickering.


In this, the 1st installment of a series of features on They Call it Acid, we leave it to Gordon Mason, the Director & the man who has shed sweat & tears etc to create this Joyful film to set the scene……


“Every generation enjoys their formative years, I was lucky, I was 21 in 1988, old enough to have my freedom and young enough to enjoy the time of my life. Acid House was a culture that I naturally evolved into, in the mid 80s I was a part time DJ and full time Film Editor, I knew some of the first  promoters and DJs, but I’m glad to say that I attended many of the first Acid House parties as a punter in the scene, not behind the scenes, being able to share that euphoric experience of dancing all night to House Music at an illegal party, a freedom which was at the time indescribable. Many of these new best friends I met week after week, especially when the scene was in its beginnings and not too many people knew about it. On occasion, with a VIP pass from the promoter, as a film-maker I was able to observe and record this new scene for posterity. I was never considered part of the media who were turned away from Acid House parties, but as a fellow party-goer that people felt at ease with when I had my Super 8mm camera or professional video camcorder borrowed from work.


As a film lover and having worked with top end television documentaries as an Editor and Producer / Director for the last 20 years, it felt right that I should use this medium to put together what I believed would be an important social document of that era. By looking up some of my old friends and making new contacts with nearly all the Acid House pioneers and creators of all those seminal House Music anthems, I was able to embark on an enjoyable journey assembling the film and the archive shot by some of my contemporaries into what is a very entertaining, sometimes funny and universal story that can be experienced by all. The Police and Politicians were very interesting to talk to, 20 years on, talking openly and revealing a side to the story that I was unaware of at the time.


As Acid House was the roots of the Rave scene which has spread worldwide I hope THEY CALL IT ACID will be seen by many people of all generations in many countries and enjoyed both as a film with a gripping storyline and as a document of a time that was very special to me and all my fellow party-goers of 88 and 89. I hope it will be as relevant in 50 or 100 years time as it is now”.



In a unique crowd funding project that launched on Indiegogo on 1st of September 2015 and runs for 60 days, 8000 units of the film will be pre-sold on DVD for £15 with the opportunity to invest more for exclusive offers.

Click here to get your copy and involved in the final part of the process