Lawrence of Belgravia

Director Paul Kelly
United Kingdom / 87 min. / 2011 / English

Lawrence, eccentric ex-leader of Felt and Denim, clearly remains “obsessed with being famous”, despite associated addictions and failures. Hardship hasn’t dented his dreams. Will the miserable iconoclast become the “first pensioner pop star” with a Mozart Go-Kart?


Lawrence, eccentric ex-leader of the sumptuous Felt and ‘80s Denim, remains “obsessed with being famous”, despite his addictions, self-sabotage, bad patches and commercial failures that appear to have put the brakes on his career. But, no: hard times haven’t dampened his dreams of international fame. Misunderstood genius if ever there was one, damned artist by definition, this colourful film introduces us to the world of the most oddball and eccentric composers of the Indie generation (something he refutes, obviously). The question is: Will the self-propelling miser achieve the status of “first pensioner pop star” with his current band, Go-Kart Mozart, kings of dumb rock? What the camera reveals and what Lawrence declares are, on occasion, worlds apart: he dreams of having a limousine and “living in his celebrity bubble” while being evicted from his flat and accumulating late payments fees and fines for doing drugs. “I keep doing music because I’m not right in the head,” he declares, unnecessarily. Lawrence of Belgravia is a perfect hymn to the persistence and attitude of one of the most unfortunate musicians in the history of pop. May the force be with you, Lawrence!


Showing format

in festivals
BFI London Film Festival, Pop Montreal, Norrkoping Film Festival


Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Sound designer
Dennis Wheatley , Salty Sea

Music Composer
Lawrence , Go-Kart Mozart

Music supervisor
Martin Kelly , Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Film company
Heavenly Films

Film distributor
Heavenly Films

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