Music and the Makers

Beats

BEATS

Shot in the stark black and white of a xeroxed night club flyer, Beats is an energetic, nostalgic flashback to 1990’s Scotland, set over one last night out as new laws now criminalise youth culture and those found ‘gathering around repetitive beats’ of the housing commission’s thumping underground electronic dance music uprising. Against this backdrop, …

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Mr Jimmy

MR. JIMMY

Winner · Festival Director’s Award · Cinetopia Film Festival. Think there’s only one way to play “Stairway to Heaven”? Think again. Akio Sakurai can perform distinct note-for-note versions from any era of Led Zeppelin you’d care to name, down to the specific bootleg recording. For 35 years Sakurai was a Tokyo salaryman by day, and …

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I Used to Be Normal

I USED TO BE NORMAL

Go behind the screams in this delightful documentary about the pains and pleasures of being a Number 1 fan. One Direction, Backstreet Boys, Take That and of course the original boy band themselves, The Beatles. At first glance are hordes of devoted screaming fangirls, but underneath is a passion for music, a catharsis for the …

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Hearts beat loud

HEARTS BEAT LOUD

The ultimate low-key, feelgood comedy, starring Nick Offerman, Toni Collette, Blythe Danner and Ted Danson. When his landlady (Toni Collette) reluctantly raises the rent, Frank’s (Offerman) life choices are pulled into sharp focus, helped along by his friend and local barkeep Dave (Ted Danson) along with his quiet determination to dust off his old music …

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Her Sound Her Story

HER SOUND HER STORY

Her Sound Her Story unveils the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women today in the Australian music industry. Featuring conversations with over 45 beloved artists including Kate Ceberano, Julia Stone, Renee Geyer, Mojo Juju, Emma Donovan and Jen Cloher, the film documents women of diverse ages, genres, sexual orientations, ethnicity and careers …

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Ryuichi Sakamoto

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA

“A gift to long-time fans, a primer for new ones, a victory lap” – Vulture Visionary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has been awarded multiple Oscar, Grammy, and BAFTA wins, creating some of the most memorable original film scores for directors from Bertolucci and Oshima to Inarritu and Miike. Sakamoto, who first found fame in 1978 with …

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MIA

MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A.

Special Jury Award · Documentary · Sundance Film Festival “You’ve got access to a microphone. Please use it to say something,” Matangi’s grandmother tells her. Crafted from a lifetime of personal footage, first time documentarian Steven Loveridge helps Maya do just that, crafting an eclectic, electrifying and energetic portrait that blends Tamil politics, art school …

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