DVD Struggle No More
A film by Costa Botes
Including 30 minutes of a beautifully filmed Strugglers concert also directed by Costa Botes. Over 40 years in the making, New Zealand's longest running band must have a long history. This documentary is a must for all Strugglers fans.
...this lovingly crafted and affectionate doco illuminates the Strugglers.- Graham Reid - NZ Herald
"Music is too important to take seriously".
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Struggle No More speaks eloquently of a world outside the manufacturing of pop-stars and idols and the biz. The bottom line for these guys has always and only ever been the music. Gotta love that. - NZ Listener
The sheer joy and passionate belief the Windy City Strugglers have brought to their thirtysomething-year career is infectious and endearing. Struggle No More, often beautifully framed by director Costa Botes, attempts a chronological account of the band's story from its unfashionable, Memphis-style jug band origins in the late 60s through various line-ups and into the band we see today playing original material. - NZ Herald
NZ Herald - article
A Wellington cultural institution for longer than the Film Festival, the Windy City Strugglers finally get their close-up in Costa Botes' affectionate musical documentary. First appearing in 1968, when the Stones were the world's most famous blues band, the Strugglers were founded by Australian draft-dodger Bill Lake, and emulated the gentler blues of the Memphis jug-bands. Lake's flatmate and friend Rick Bryant would soon join the band. As other bands rose and fell around him, Bryant would always come back to it. Covering songs they loved, they eventually evolved into first-rate songwriters themselves. Botes talks to Strugglers past and present, draws colourful anecdotage from such reliable witnesses as Simon Morris, Graham Brazier, and Midge Marsden - and whips in a few music industry types to reveal the limitations of the commercial world. The saga that's traced here is such a distinctively kiwi one because of the shy guy at the heart of it. Stoically self-effacing off stage, Lake quietly asserts the value of changing only enough to stay true to the stuff you love.
Director, NZ Film Festival
Struggle No More - festival review and news