Lost In Vagueness (Film Review)

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As we gear up towards another summer full of festival frolics, it’s high time we got around to finally reviewing one of the sleeper hits of 2018, the wonderfully bizarre, affably perplexing ‘Lost in Vagueness’

Directed by Sofia Olins, the documentary follows the story of ‘Lost Vagueness’. Glastonbury’s now mythical late-night party arena, pioneering in its day, where drugs, egos, drag and 1940’s Berlin-inspired bacchanalian carnage ran wild. It paints a portrait of an absolutely inspirational mess, spearheaded by new-age traveller Roy Gurvitz. Faced with impending irrelevancy in the early 200’s, Eavis reached out to Gurvitz, and the rest as they say, is history.

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‘Lost Vagueness’ was a breeding ground for many names now infamous within the fringe culture scene, There’s appearances here from a young Chris Tofu (now latterly known as the musical mastermind behind ‘Continental Drifts’ and ‘Grinagog’) and Leila Jones, of Camden Roundhouse Circus (Recently listed in the Independent’s ‘100 most influential people in the creative industries’). Typically becoming of a documentary focused on the trappings of a music festival, the soundtrack here is belting. It’s eclectic in its palette and charming enough to stand alone as a compilation in and of itself.

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Sofia Olin’s direction is spot on here, This is a patchwork lovingly stitched together from various sources, and What transpires is an almost ‘Alice In Wonderland’ descent into a rabbit-hole style labyrinth of infighting, drag shows, bodily performance art, booze, tanks, wellies and Fatboy Slim dressed as a bumble bee.

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