Our Hobby is Depeche Mode

  • Date:
    9 May 2013, 8pm

A film by Jeremy Deller & Nick Abrahams.

Followed by a Depeche Mode party to celebrate Dave Day with DJs from 9pm.

In Russia, 9 May is Victory Day, a national holiday marking Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union in 1945. Or rather it is Dave Day for a group of Muscovite Depeche Mode fans. On Dave Day fans gather together to celebrate the birthday of the lead singer of the group, Dave Gahan, with homemade banners, mass sing-alongs and club nights.

Our Hobby is Depeche Mode (2008) is co-directed by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and filmmaker Nicholas Abrahams, who has worked has spanned music videos with Leftfield, Huggy Bear, Manic Street Preachers to shorts and features. From being a symbol of hope in Soviet-era Eastern Europe to acting as a form of rebellion for youths in Iran, Depeche Mode have exerted a powerful influence on their fans worldwide. This documentary meets the fans and hears their stories of faith and devotion.

Depeche Mode formed as an electronic synth group in Basildon, Essex, in 1980 and have become one of the world’s biggest-selling bands. Across the Soviet Union before the fall of Communism the band’s music was exchanged on bootlegged cassettes and formed part of the soundtrack of the years leading to the fall of the iron curtain. The situation is echoed in Tehran where fans take risks listening to their music in a country that banned all Western music since the Islamic Revolution. Elsewhere in the UK, the church of St Edward the King and Martyr in Cambridge holds services for goths where they play Depeche Mode records.

The film will be followed by a Depeche Mode party to celebrate Dave Day at Number Nine Guildhall Road, with DJs playing music by the band and their remixes from 9pm. Both the film screening and Depeche Mode party are free to attend and everyone is welcome.

The screening and Depeche Mode party are a precursor for the next exhibition at NN, Political Toasts featuring work by Art Laboratory, Flávia Müller Medeiros and Kristina Norman opening on 16 May 2013, 6pm.


‘A brilliant documentary’ The Sunday Telegraph

‘A sad, funny portrait of pop music’s multiple confusions’ Sight & Sound

‘Hilarious, brilliantly edited and politically fascinating’ Dazed and Confused

‘A fantastic film’ Daniel Miller, Mute records

‘If it’s wrong to get goosebumps watching a marching band play “Personal Jesus,” then we don’t want to be right’ LA Times

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