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Adam Yauch's mockumentary of a normal day in the life of his Swiss alter ego. Stars David Cross as Hörnblowér and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rck) and Yauch as themselves. ... Screens with Gunnin' For That #1 Spot (USA, 90 mins). ... D Nathanial Hörnblowér P Nathanial Hörnblowér, Jon Doran Dist ... Read more
“[A] modern-day mash-up of throbbing tom-toms and Woodstocky multiscreen mayhem.” - Austin Chronicle ... This fast-paced bricolage celebrates the 10th anniversary of All Tomorrow's Parties, the cult music festival founded by Barry Hogan. Curated by a different band or artist each year, the ... Read more
“[Her] elegance was always a veneer covering an inner toughness, the hard life lessons learned that made her a superb jazz singer, one of the best of her generation - or of any generation.” - LA Times Anita O'Day survived alcoholism, rape, numerous abortions, a 20 year heroin addiction and jail ... Read more
This isn't Spinal Tap, this is Anvil. ... With endorsements from Lars Ulrich, Slash, and Lemmy from Motörhead, Anvil is the greatest Canadian metal band you've never heard of. School buddies Steve ‘Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner's 1982 album Metal on Metal influenced the likes of Slayer, Anthrax ... Read more
"It started as a film about the making of an album, and it became a film about the most brutal and challenging conflict of our lives." – Jared Leto ... Popular rockers Thirty Seconds To Mars, led by Jared Leto (Fight Club, Requiem For a Dream), were platinum-sellers in 2008, but hadn't ... Read more
"Rowland was Australia's most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist." - Nick Cave ... Guitarist, songwriter and artist Rowland S. Howard was an instrumental figure in the Australian rock scene, particularly renowned for his role in seminal post-punk outfit The Birthday Party. In a career ... Read more
A kinetic, frenetic and long overdue tribute to the legendary hardcore band.” - Indiewire ... Beginning life as a jazz/funk-fusion act, Bad Brains went on to become one of the most innovative and influential hardcore punk bands on the planet. Their impact can be heard in groups as diverse as ... Read more
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. ... In the early 70s, three African-American brothers from Detroit formed a band that, despite its unforgettable name, was forgotten by music history. David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney's band, Death, predated the American punk ... Read more
"The best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." - Dr John ... A run-in with a jukebox in New Orleans was all director Lily Keber needed to know that James Booker was special. But who was he? Here she unveils an all-but-forgotten mad genius of jazz and blues piano ... Read more
“Reinvents the concert film like no other before it.” - Film Threat ... Three days before the Beastie Boys' sold-out 2004 Madison Square Garden show, Adam Yauch made an impulsive creative decision to give 50 ticket-holders a digital video camera and one instruction: shoot whatever you want at ... Read more
Hollywood actor Michael Rapaport brings the story of hip-hop's finest to the screen with a fan's devotion. ... Prior to their breakup in 1998, the legendary A Tribe Called Quest were pioneers of alternative hip-hop, fusing jazz sounds with a creative lyrical approach that resonated with fans ... Read more
A playful yet profoundly intimate portrait of singer-songwriter Ben Lee, and a fascinating portrayal of celebrity. ... Destined for stardom, Ben Lee cemented his place in the annals of Australian pop with his catchy tunes and his extraordinary self-confidence. Despite a remarkable musical career ... Read more
"Some people think you have a certain amount of songs before you dry up. I tend to think it's like an amount of time, so I'm racing against time constantly." - Jay Reatard ... In 2010, at the age of 29, garage rock legend Jay Reatard was found dead in his Memphis home, a lethal cocktail of booze ... Read more
“Ginger Baker just hit me in the f***ing nose.” - Jay Bulger, director ... Wild, cantankerous, and given to rock ‘n' roll excess, Ginger Baker is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest drummers. Best known for his work with supergroups Cream and Blind Faith, Baker has also been ... Read more
The fans knew him as the "black Mick Jagger". His band kick-started Aboriginal rock, releasing the first ever Aboriginal-language rock songs in the mainstream. His name was George Rrurrambu and this is his story. ... Back in 1981 George Rrurrambu and his Warumpi Band burst out of the Northern ... Read more
"That goofy old Super Mario Bros jingle can be turned into one kick-ass techno tune in the right hands." - Cinematical ... Few people would consider an original Nintendo or Gameboy console as a musical instrument, but for an emerging culture these are the tools for producing something unlike ... Read more
"No one in rock and roll has left a musical legacy that matters more or one that matters in such fundamental ways." - Robert Palmer ... Mixing mysticism with politics in an inspired musical union, reggae star Bob Marley was so influential that Time magazine in the 70s claimed he rivalled the ... Read more
“Everything was dead. There were no clubs, there was nothing. But there was CBGB's.” - Tommy Ramone ... Filmmaker Mandy Stein virtually grew up in New York's CBGB, the notorious venue that became the epicentre of a whole generation of 70s NYC punk bands, including Television, The Ramones ... Read more
"Celia Cruz is the quintessential survival story. She looks like no one else. She sounds like no one else. And she's still the queen." - Whoopi Goldberg ... Erupting onto the Cuban music scene as the frontwoman for La Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz was a diva whose music and voice came to symbolise a ... Read more
“Charles Bradley's rise to the limelight is utterly amazing.” - Spin magazine ... Charles Bradley has been a self-made James Brown impersonator for many years, but at 62 - an age at which many musicians might start reflecting on their long-past heyday - he's shifted away from his tribute act to ... Read more
Julian Benedikt's third documentary to be screened at MIFF; this exhaustively researched film traces the life of Chico Hamilton from the early years performing with his school buddies Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus, through the orchestras of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to his time with the ... Read more
“…a riveting, visually arresting portrait of a soul in torment.” - Variety Anton Corbjin's biopic about the late Ian Curtis, frontman of Joy Division, is a fitting eulogy for one of post-punk's most troubled pin-up boys. Spanning Curtis' reclusive teenage years, his struggle with ... Read more
They were adopted by grunge nobility, but the main reason Cosmic Psychos frontman Ross Knight wore the flannel shirt was because he's a farmer. ... Commercial and music video director (and musician himself) Matt Weston branches out with his first feature, documenting our most unlikely stars. How ... Read more
"No one song can change the world. But that doesn't mean its time to stop singing." - Neil Young ... There's a sense of déjà vu for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young as they reunite to once again take an anti-war stance - just as they did in the 60s with Vietnam, when they became a voice of the ... Read more
“They're utterly unique and absolutely world class.” - musician Nick Cave Dirty Three's unique sound glides from lullaby to catharsis to full-on sensory assault - taking in all the spaces and colours in-between. Formed in Melbourne in 1993, their singular take on instrumental rock has found ... Read more
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