Music on Film

Presented by Triple R

Music on film = films on music – these documentaries put sonic visions on the big screen. Always one of MIFF’s most popular programs, in 2019 we hear from some of the biggest names, and freshest faces, across pop, rock and roll, rap, jazz and soul … and more. From a Japanese Jimmy Page impersonator and a Bros documentary that plays like a pop mockumentary to a legendary Aretha Franklin concert and a legendary New York guitar maker, the 2019 Music on Film program presents a cine-sonic smorgasbord.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

“The glorious Aretha Franklin concert documentary Amazing Grace finally emerges 46 years later … an unmitigated joy.” – Los Angeles Times

Bros: After the Screaming Stops

Bros: After the Screaming Stops

Who would have predicted that a doc about ’80s boy band Bros would be hailed as “the best music film since This is Spinal Tap” and even “the best music documentary of all time”? You’ll have to see it to believe it.

Carmine Street Guitars

Carmine Street Guitars

Spending an hour or so with guitar-maker Rick Kelly and the many famous faces who visit his shop – an old-school holdout against gentrified New York – is like the best kind of hangout with your friends: affable, funny, full of love and stories.

Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore

Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore

Four hundred albums in, the secret godfather of indie rock R. Stevie Moore is finally leaving the bedroom.

David Crosby: Remember My Name

David Crosby: Remember My Name

With producer Cameron Crowe interviewing, David Crosby opens up in a refreshingly honest and revealing documentary.

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s story has never been told like this. Thom Zimny’s seamless, collage-style oral history refuses to walk the line. Stripped back, essential, like the American Recordings albums Cash made with producer Rick Rubin, it gazes past the myth of the Man in Black and into his soul.

It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story

It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story

The impeccably stylish history of legendary jazz label Blue Note, executive produced by Wim Wenders.

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Veteran British documentary-maker Nick Broomfield offers a highly personal view on the enduring love affair between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen that resulted in some of Cohen’s most iconic songs.

Mr Jimmy

Mr Jimmy

Akio Sakurai is not merely an impersonator of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. He is the personification. To a fault.

No Time for Quiet

No Time for Quiet

Featuring appearances from rock sensation Courtney Barnett, local punk trio Cable Ties and Sikh-Australian slam poet Sukhjit Khalsa, No Time for Quiet joins a group of girls and gender-fluid youths as they discover the empowering strength of music through a GIRLS ROCK! camp in Melbourne.

PJ Harvey: A Dog Called Money

PJ Harvey: A Dog Called Money

In this dynamic, globe-trotting mix of travelogue and music documentary, revered rocker PJ Harvey roams the world in search of inspiration for a recording project.

The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion

The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion

“The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion highlights the hidden female figures that have curated and shaped hip-hop’s dynamic streetwear and ultimately swayed the entire fashion industry.” – Vibe

Suede: The Insatiable Ones

Suede: The Insatiable Ones

“Painfully honest and deeply moving … Mike Christie’s portrait of Brett Anderson’s 1990s glam-pop outsiders gets everything right.” – The Sunday Times

Suzi Q

Suzi Q

After more than five decades in the music industry, rock-star Suzi Quatro looks back on her pioneering career.

Travelling Film Showcase - No Time for Quiet

Travelling Film Showcase - No Time for Quiet

Featuring appearances from rock sensation Courtney Barnett, local punk trio Cable Ties and Sikh-Australian slam poet Sukhjit Khalsa, No Time for Quiet joins a group of girls and gender-fluid youths as they discover the empowering strength of music through a GIRLS ROCK! camp in Melbourne.

Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (Episodes 1 & 2)

Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (Episodes 1 & 2)

“Sacha Jenkins’ Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is one of the best music docu-series in a very long time, a piece of work that doesn’t just relay the chronological facts of the band’s existence but translates their art ... and fully conveys their cultural importance.” – RogerEbert.com

Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (Episodes 3 & 4)

Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (Episodes 3 & 4)

“Sacha Jenkins’ Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is one of the best music docu-series in a very long time, a piece of work that doesn’t just relay the chronological facts of the band’s existence but translates their art ... and fully conveys their cultural importance.” – RogerEbert.com