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Lost in Music

Few things beat listening to music, but the synthesis of sound and vision means that watching films about it comes a close second. With July bringing a number of high profile works about major recording artists – Amy Winehouse in Amy and the troubled, God-like genius of Beach Boy Brian Wilson in and Love and Mercy – and music as a social movement, Eden, we’ve assembled a short season of interrelated titles that look at the process of musical creation and how it can challenge the political status quo. The films also look at the dichotomy between person and persona and the gulf between recognition and anonymity. The films, in one way or another, also capture something of the survivalist instinct required to keep going in the face of mounting pressure, fractured relationships and challenges that go beyond the rigours of touring and recording.