Music On Film

Five Grammy nominations, ad jingles you grew up with and the first female composer of a major Hollywood film – meet Suzanne Ciani, one of the most innovative electronic artists of our times. ... In a career spanning almost 50 years, Suzanne Ciani has distinguished herself as one of electronic music's true pioneers. A woman who made the legendary Buchla synthesiser her own, she forwent the harsh dr... Read more
A touching farewell to the world’s most beloved son cubano musicians. ... Few films have had as much of an immediate cultural impact as the original Buena Vista Social Club did back in 1999. Introducing us to the flamboyant, consummate musicians of Cuba's walled-off musical garden, Wim Wenders' film made overnight stars of ageing troubadours Ibrahim Ferrer – 'the Cuban Nat King Cole' – Ruben Gonza... Read more
'The genius of John Coltrane comes to life in an elegantly crafted documentary that can hook jazz novices as well as connoisseurs.' – Variety ... Veteran documentarian John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) takes an expansive, passionate dive into the life of the iconic saxophonist and musical innovator, moving from Coltrane's roots through his work with Miles Davis, the legendary A Love Supre... Read more
An adoring, insightful portrait of the musical star who sang of darkness while lighting up lives: legendary Mexican singer and Pedro Almodóvar muse, Chavela Vargas. ... Her songs have echoed across the soundtracks of Almodóvar’s Kika, Live Flesh and Julieta (MIFF 2016); but that’s just one of Chavela Vargas’ many claims to fame. She transformed Mexico’s music scene – daring to sing traditionally m... Read more
Share the joy as hundreds of thousands welcome Major Lazer to the streets of Havana for the city's first post-embargo international concert. ... Their 2015 hit single Lean On turned cult electro trio Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, aka Major Lazer, into international superstars. So the appreciative group proposed some far-flung dates for their 2016 world tour: Pakistan, Ethiopia, Venezuela … a... Read more
There are certain borders that bombastic Slovenian metal has never crossed – until now. ... Laibach – longstanding ex-Yugoslavian/Slovenian rockers best known for their doom-laden interpretation of folk and pop classics (including The Sound of Music!) – have provoked all sides of the political spectrum over their three decades as an industrial act and leaders of the New Slovenian Art movement. Now... Read more
Perhaps the most comprehensive documentary of The Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip will delight the band's devoted Deadheads, but also serves as a primer for those who never fully understood the cult fever surrounding the group. ... The 1960s counterculture movement was embodied by The Grateful Dead, the groundbreaking San Francisco band that fused rock, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk and reggae i... Read more
The definitive portrait of the German synth-rockers whose inimitable sound defined 80s cinema – and inspired the music of Stranger Things. ... For almost 50 years, Edgar Froese, the mastermind behind Tangerine Dream, made music fit for the space age. A master of the Moog synthesiser (and a whole lot more besides), Froese and a rotating cast of sonic adventurers created a dizzying sequence of album... Read more
'An astoundingly rich and resonant music documentary … a reminder that indigenous peoples' voices and music cannot be silenced or ignored.' – Hollywood Reporter ... Before Hendrix, before Elvis, before rock music was even a thing, there was Link Wray, the 'father of the power chord', whose song Rumble sold more than a million copies and was the starter's pistol for the entire pop music era. But Wr... Read more
The Church's Under the Milky Way is one of the great Australian anthems. But for the man who wrote it, success became a portal into a world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll that almost destroyed his life. This is the story of Steve Kilbey. ... By any metric Steve Kilbey, frontman of Oz rock pioneers The Church, has been one of Australia's most prolific and influential musicians. Over 40 years he's re... Read more
Even ultraviolent, poop- and blood-smeared, punk rock scumlords need a family. ... The most outrageous musician to ever live – GG Allin – had a mother, a brother, a legacy. While that legacy might disgust many (pummelling, fondling and defecating through a career of on-stage destruction), award-winning Danish documentarian Sami Saif discovers a more nuanced subject through his mother Arleta, co-co... Read more
The Go-Betweens were Australia’s original indie rock trailblazers, leaving behind a sonic legacy that's influenced everyone from Belle and Sebastian to Sleater-Kinney. This is their incredible, tragic story – told in their own words. ... Talk to any fan of the Go-Betweens and they'll tell you one thing: they never got the recognition they deserved. From humble beginnings in a Brisbane garage back ... Read more
Punk’s not dead. Or, at least, this punk isn’t. John Lydon comes clean about four decades under the Sex Pistols’ shadow as the ringleader of Public Image Ltd. ... Public Image Ltd (PiL) was the phoenix born from the death of Lydon’s manufactured alter-ego Johnny Rotten, the real Sid Vicious and the lie of the Sex Pistols. Their radical dance-punk changed Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea’s life a... Read more
Teenage girl pop stars grapple with finding fame and the creeping fixation of their male fan bases in this eye-opening look at Japanese idol culture. ... Thousands of young girls in Japan dream of making it as a professional pop idol. Rio is just one putting in the hard yards of endless rounds of performances, self-marketing, and meeting and greeting her fans, who call themselves Rio Brothers. Lik... Read more
Narrated by Common and featuring extraordinary performances from a who's who of contemporary blues, Two Trains Runnin' takes viewers back to the Deep South of the 60s, when ‘whereabouts unknown' applied to both blues icons and black rights. ... In 1964, two groups of musical archeologists ventured into Mississippi in search of missing Delta blues legends Son House and Skip James. Each group was un... Read more
'Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat tours Scotland in … an infectiously entertaining, lyrical folk odyssey that reveals something unexpectedly profound about culture, language and storytelling.' – Little White Lies ... After a trailblazing career that helped define the sound of modern indie rock, Aidan Moffat has become newly obsessed with his Scottish musical heritage. Touring the country in search of tra... Read more
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