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Mooks Backbeat – Music on Film

One autumn morning in 1974. Nick Drake was found dead, having left the world three impossibly beautiful albums. Drake died silently, isolated by the grip of a terminal depression. His sensitivity was the basis of his towering talent. As Paul Weller says in this sublime documentary, "If you met a ... Read more
Freddie Wadling, the subject of this striking documentary, would only undergo life-saving surgery when his doctor lied to him and told him that Captain Beefhearl's mother had phoned and told him to go ahead with the operation! Just one of the many eccentricities of this Swedish musician who endured ... Read more
REM's Michael Stipe first alerted directors Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen to the undiscovered musical genius of Benjamin Smoke; a performer with a voice of lyrical agility akin to a cross between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. Tucked away in a dirt-poor outlying suburb of Atlanta called Cabbage Town ... Read more
Moby, Carl Cox, Roni Size, Frankie Bones, Kraftwerk, Jason Bentley, Meat Beat Manifesto and The Crystal Method—just a handful of the electronica and dance luminaries profiled and interviewed in Jon Reiss hip and hypnotic technomentary. This idiosyncratic examination of rave culture and music ... Read more
For Johnny Thunders, the party was never over. His lifestyle epitomised rock decadence in all its gutter glory. As a member of cross-dressing proto-punks the New York Dolls, Thunders left a liquored-up legacy for emerging Big Apple bands like The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. Ballsy, noisy ... Read more
The sultry, hip swiveling rhythms that Latin jazz proclaims is brought to the screen by Spanish film director Fernando Trueba in Calle 54. This is an ode to Latin jazz and what better way to capture the genre than allowing the musicians to speak for themselves. Simple sets and beautifully lit ... Read more
'Jam-packed with rivetting performances by some of the hottest underground Gotham bands of the early 80s. Downtown 81 is an extraordinary real-life snapshot of hip, arty, clubland Manhattan in the post-punk era... the film, shot nearly 20 years ago, brings viewers right inside the pulsing heart of ... Read more
What do you do as an encore to human sacrifice? How about Under My Thumb, which is what The Rolling Stones continued playing after Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death in front of them. Gimme Shelter is not just one of the finest concert films ever made but dispatches from a war zone. The Summer Of ... Read more
Best known for his collaborations with Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk and Dexter Gordon, Horace Parian's life story is extraordinary. Don McGlynns intimate portrait of the pianist is comprised of a combination of revealing interviews about Parian's fascinating life. McGlynn captures every stage of ... Read more
"The movie is a beautiful thing. No documentary about any musician will make you so glad to be alive."—San Francisco Examiner ... Don McGlynn is a MIFF regular who just about qualifies for his own office. His consistency brilliant music biographies have enthralled Melbourne audiences for the ... Read more
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Scratch presents the remarkable history of Hip-Hop told by a star-studded roll call of major players. Tracing one of modern music's most enduring forms from the 70s to the new millennium join Africa Bambaata, Grand Mixer DXT ... Read more
'Teddy Edwards is a pioneer of the modern tenor sax. His peers and friends acknowledge that he never had the kind of extraordinary career that his talent should have commanded. With this taste of a sad story to come—including the period during which Edwards fell under the spell of ... Read more
Wave Twisters is a rump-shaking, groove-making highlight of the Festival. This visual and musical event is an eye-popping, hip-hop meets Hanna Barbera, animated adventure synched skratch-for-skratch with DJ Q-Berfs turntable masterpiece of the same name. The story: The Inner Space Dental Commander ... Read more
Do you love metal enough to shave Ozzie Osborne's name into your chest hair? If so, see Penelope Spheens' (Wayne's World, The Decline of Western Civilisation), We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll...twice! This sweat and beer soaked, mud-caked and blood stained concert rockumentary recounts the ... Read more
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