GFT embraces music festival season with Sound & Vision film programme This summer, GFT are pleased to screen a number of films as part of their on-going Sound & Vision season. Inspired by the plethora of music festivals which take place over the warmer months, GFT are bringing the music festival indoors with an exciting line-up of diverse silver screen musical talent.
Featuring introductions from GFT staff who have curated the season, along with a number of Q&As.
The season combines a mixture of new releases such as Asif Kapadia’s portrait of Amy Winehouse Amy, and Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy, alongside cult cinema screenings of This Is Spinal Tap and Almost Famous on 35mm, as well as classics such as Man with a Movie Camera, which features a new score by Alloy Orchestra. On Wednesday 22 July, director Julien Temple will attend the screening of his latest documentary The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, and, in September, groundbreaking concert Roger Waters The Wall will be followed by a live satellite Q&A with Roger Waters and Nick Mason. Other highlights include Martin Scorsese’s 1978 concert film The Last Waltz, which records The Band’s farewell concert, Mia Hansen-Løve’s trip into ‘90s Paris and the electronic dance movement in Eden, and Davor Radic’s Station to Station, which follows artist Doug Aitken’s kinetic light sculpture train as it travels 4000 miles across America, staging various happenings, interviews and performances along the way. Sean Greenhorn, Programme Coordinator at GFT, said:
‘Summertime is festival time for music fans: the sun shines, the days are long and the music is loud. We decided to develop GFT’s regular Sound & Vision strand to reflect this, and have programmed a season of films which we hope will provide the soundtrack to your summer.’
Friday 3–Thursday 16 July
From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), Amy tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse. Completely comprised of archive footage from chat shows and award ceremonies, as well as private videos, the documentary attempts to tell Amy’s story from her own perspective.
Wednesday 8–Thursday 9 July
Shot over the course of 24 days in 2013, this film charts a train journey across the American continent, from New York to San Francisco. Comprised of 61 one-minute shorts that together recount the 4,000 mile trip, the film showcases a revolving community of artists and musicians who collaborated on unique recordings, artworks and happenings along the way.
Wednesday 8 July
On 25 November 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, legendary American rock act The Band took to the stage to bid farewell to their fans by performing a rousing concert celebrating the celebrating their legacy.
Friday 10–Thursday 23 July
In the 1960s, Brian Wilson, leader of The Beach Boys, struggles with emerging psychosis as he begins to craft what will become the group’s masterpiece, 1966’s avant-garde pop classic ‘Pet Sounds’.
Wednesday 15 July
Let’s turn it up to eleven, smell the glove and join the world’s most ludicrous metal band for their disastrous reunion tour across the USA. Filmed backstage as they attempt to reclaim their former glory, this mockumentary was so convincing that many audiences initially thought Spinal Tap were a real band. Rob Reiner’s brilliant directorial debut regularly tops lists of the greatest comedies ever – brilliantly acted, goofy in all the right ways and endlessly quotable.
Wednesday 22 July, Saturday 25 July, Sunday 26 July
When legendary musician Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, he accepted his fate with uplifting positivity and embarked on a farewell tour, capturing the imagination of the world as he went. But two years later Wilko confounded the odds and woke up in a hospital bed, unexpectedly sentenced to live. The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson shows what the musician learned as he accepted his apparent fate, and how he now approaches his unexpected future.
Director Julien Temple will take part in Q&A following the screening on 22 July.
Friday 24 July – Thursday 6 August
his fourth film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love) offers a look into the burgeoning French ‘Touch’ electronic dance music (EDM) scene in 1990s Paris. Based on the experiences of the director’s brother, the narrative revolves around a young DJ named Paul as he indulges in drugs, drink and sex to the sounds of beats and bass. Hansen-Løve uses the music to frame her story, with locations spanning Paris to Chicago and cameos from real-life house names in this heartfelt tale of youthful ambition and love.
Wednesday 29 July
A semi-autobiographical tale based on writer/director Cameron Crowe’s experiences as an adolescent rock journalist for Rolling Stone, writing articles on tour with bands such as The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller is given a $35 assignment by established rock journalist Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to review a Black Sabbath concert. Once there, he befriends the support act Stillwater and ends up going on the road with the band. A heart-warming and exceptionally well-crafted coming of age tale that lovingly draws you into the era and the many characters who populate it. Screening on 35mm.
Sunday 16–Tuesday 18 August
Voted No. 1 in Sight & Sound 's greatest documentaries of all time and No. 8 in their greatest films of all time, this is the best known work of visionary Soviet film pioneer Dziga Vertov. Essentially a silent experimental film, it is still remarkable today due to the range of cinematic techniques Vertov is able to employ, with slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts and Dutch angles amongst many others. With a soundtrack by Alloy Orchestra, this infinitely influential classic is essential viewing for anyone who is passionate about film.
Tuesday 29 September
The largest worldwide tour by a solo artist, filmed across three cities and two continents, this stunning cinema event blends Roger Waters’ tour of the Pink Floyd classic with a unique look behind the scenes as the musician reckons with his work’s meaning in both the past and present. A truly breathtaking cinematic experience, this immersive film manages to bring ‘The Wall’ to life like never before, offering a new perspective on the album and grounding it in the real world. Not your typical concert documentary.