THE BLURRED CRUSADE SHORT FILM

The Church - The Blurred Crusade Short Film Title Screen Still Image

In early 1982 The Church produced a short film to be played before features in cinemas across Australia in April 1982. It consisted of two videos for songs from their new album The Blurred Crusade. Together, the videos for "You Took" and "Almost With You" obliquely depict a knight (Steve Kilbey in a suit of armor) on a "quest" of sorts, intercut with shots of the band playing in various outdoor locales or sitting around a table gazing intently at a crystal ball. The two videos appeared together on the band's first Australian video collection, titled The Church, in 1985. They later appeared together on the 2002 EMI 2-disc reissue of The Blurred Crusade (EMI 7243 5 39496 0 0), on disc 2 in Quicktime format.

Videos (click camera to see the video, click title for details)

  1. You Took
  2. Almost With You

Notes

The following blurb about this mini-film appeared in the Feb. 27, 1982, issue of SCENE magazine:

The Church are going to the movies. The band is producing a short film, featuring tracks off their new album, The Blurred Crusade, which will be shown as a support feature in cinemas. Members of the Church have turned actors to appear in the movie.

This mention of the short film appeared in the March 5, 1982, issue of RAM magazine in an infamously unflattering interview with Steve Kilbey by Stuart Coupe.

Contrary to the public image, The Church fight a lot. Peter Koppes left before Christmas but rejoined. In Melbourne there's meetings about a proposed film based on two of the band's songs. Tension rises. Anger flares over ideas.