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.

Previously in this season

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Critically acclaimed documentary following Canadian band Anvil, who faded into obscurity in the 1980s. Following a disastrous tour and now in their fifties, Anvil set…

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20,000 Days on Earth

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and…

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Despite having just two albums to her name, Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice often described…

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Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay + Q&A and DJ

Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay is the first film to trace the origins of industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial…

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Love & Mercy

Director Bill Pohlad's intimate rendering of Beach Boy Brian Wilson illustrates both his musical mastery and the psychological pain it disguised. Dispensing with staid biopic…

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Mia Hansen-Love's scintillating look at the rise of French electronic house music in the 90s. A euphoric and melancholic work, this is one of the…

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The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson confronts our worst nightmares of impending death and turns them upside down. It tells the extraordinary, yet universal story of…

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Amy + Q&A

Following his multi-award winning box office sensation Senna, director Asif Kapadia turns his talents to another cultural icon. We will be joined by co-producer George…

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The Wrecking Crew

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown, The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the…

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