No Distance Left to Run

  • 15
  • Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace (2009)
  • UK
  • 104 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree have clearly seen enough rockumentaries to know that they wanted this record of Blur's 2009 reunion to look more like Metallica: Some Kind of Monster than This Is Spinal Tap. But while all four are guardedly nostalgic in chronicling the combo's journey from an Essex comprehensive to headliners at the Glastonbury festival, they let slip enough affection and frankness to provide a fascinating insight into the dynamics of one of British music's most chameleonic bands. Expertly compiled by co-directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace from archive material, exclusive interviews and tour footage, this debunks several pop-star myths while demonstrating there's no substitute for talent, originality and hard work. It may not convert unbelievers and there are flashes of self-congratulation about the enterprise, but it's hard not to admire the artistic integrity that impelled Blur before it pushed Albarn and Coxon apart.

Plot Summary

Music documentary about British rock band Blur, from the early years at Goldsmiths College in London in the late 1980s through Britpop in the 90s, the split-up in 2002 and the reformation in 2009 for a series of gigs that culminated in a triumphant show at Glastonbury. Archive footage of live performances is mixed with interviews featuring band members Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James.

Cast and crew


Damon Albarn
Damon Albarn
Graham Coxon
Graham Coxon
Alex James
Alex James
Dave Rowntree
Dave Rowntree


Dylan Southern
Will Lovelace

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Arts Alliance
Contains swearing.
Released 15 Jan 2010