Alex Turnbull, champion skateboarder, DJ, a core member of the band 23 Skidoo, is the son of British artist William ‘Bill’ Turnbull. He made a film about his father and his work. William Turnbull flew airplanes in the Second World War, and this experience among other things, came through in his work.
“Bill was a polymath at a time when that was a dirty word, shifting between sculpture and painting and putting both in a symbiotic relationship. Now crossing boundaries is everywhere: think of hip-hop. Johnny and I were in a band whose name referenced a William Burroughs short story. Burroughs used, as we did, cut-up techniques, collaging and sampling. We were oblivious to the fact that a lot of that aesthetic was in what Bill did until I made the film.”
Alex’s film, William Turnbull – Beyond Time will be screened in the UK on BBC4 very soon. For all us non-UK residents, we will just have to bide our time, and home the film comes around our way soon.
The trailer is below, and you can find out more on William Turnbull and the trait inherited by Alex and Johnny in the Guardian article published today.