Manchester’s Hacienda was the un questioned centre of acid house youth culture of the 1980’s and 90’s. Though demolished 15 years ago, its influence is still present and legend still strong. Now, a new documentary looks to trace the legacy of the infamous hot spot by focusing its narrative on its array of preserved items.
The only remaining aspect of the buildings physical construction is its name as an apartment complex stands in its place. Though demolished, Hacienda has not been discarded. Instead, everything from its urinals to dancefloor were auctioned in 2000 and have found new homes around the world.
The documentary, titled Do You Own The Dancefloor, which premiered at Glastonbury, is set to be released on August 15 at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music with, hopefully, a wider release to follow. As mentioned the documentary tracks down items from the club which were auctioned off in the early years of the millenium. Many of these items have found unlikely, and unusual new homes. For example, four bollards that once ringed the club’s stage now guard an allotment and one of the girders forms part of a recording studio desk. Intercut with archival footage of the club, as well as its owner Tony Wilson (at one point, somewhat ironically in this case, exclaiming, “nostalgia is unnecessary”), Do You Own The Dancefloor is the first non-narrative film to focus on the club (remember 24 Hour Party People?)
The film’s Director Chris Hughes, who was not a “regular” at the club, instead found his inspiration in the passion of its fans. “It was amazing just to see how passionate people were. That imprinted on my brain,” I when describing his own auction attendance. The film, which will raise proceeds for Kidneys For Life and Cancer Research, ends up traversing the globe, from Montreal to Manchester and everywhere in between, uncovering the passion, history, and legacy of this mighty institution.
Follow the progress of Do You Own The Dancefloor at its website, and check out the film’s trailer below.