I don’t often talk about new cinema here at Cinebeats, but an exciting trend in modern filmmaking is occurring this year that is impossible to ignore. It seems like every month I read something about a brand new band documentary or biopic about the life (or lives) of a musician that’s being released. I’ve been posting a lot of news about these films over at Cinedelica in recent months, but I couldn’t resist sharing some info about them at Cinebeats too. Many of the bands and artists featured in these films are personal favorites who all started their careers in the sixties or mid-seventies, so I figured it wouldn’t be too off topic to share my enthusiasm for some of these new films here.
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)
Like many people, I’m fascinated with the talented and enigmatic Scott Walker. He started his career in the sixties as a great pop crooner, but his current and more experimental albums feature some of freshest and most exciting music I’ve heard in years. I’m really looking forward to seeing the documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man whenever it gets a proper theatrical release or finally makes it’s way onto DVD in the U.S. The film was actually released late last year and is available on DVD in the U.K., but it’s currently still playing the festival circuit in North America.
– Official Site for Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
Official Trailer for Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)
I’m Not There (2007)
It’s impossible to ignore the hype surrounding Todd Haynes’ new film I’m Not There, which is a biopic about the legendary Bob Dylan. I’ve been fascinated with Todd Haynes’ films since first seeing Poison way back in the early ’90s so I’m really looking forward to his latest effort. Haynes has never been a typical filmmaker interested in telling straightforward stories and I personally think his approach should work well for exploring the life of Bob Dylan. Reviews have been mixed, but Todd Haynes has always received mixed reviews for his work so I’m not surprised by the reactions his latest film is receiving. I’m Not There should officially open in November in selected theaters in the U.S.
– Wikipedia page for I’m Not There (as far as I know there is no “official site”)
Official Trailer for I’m Not There (2007)
As a teenager growing up in the ’80s it was impossible to overlook the work of talented photographer and director Anton Corbijn. The man created many amazing music videos and album covers for some of the best bands and artists of the period such as Depeche Mode, U2, Art of Noise, David Sylvian, Echo and The Bunnymen, Front 242, Morrissey and Joy Division. It’s only natural that Corbijn would be inspired to take his passion for music and focus it on making feature films. Hhis first feature-length movie is Control, a biopic about Joy Division’s tragic front man Ian Curtis. The early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for the film and many have complimented its look, which isn’t a surprise since Anton Corbijn’s music videos have always been impressive to look at. Control is currently playing at many film festivals and should get a limited theatrical release sometime in October.
– Offical site for Control
Official Trailer for Control (2007)
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)
Another director who’s name should be familiar to anyone who grew up in the ’80s is Julien Temple and his latest film is a documentary about The Clash front man Joe Strummer, who passed away much too young in 2002. Besides creating some of the best music videos of the ’80s for artists like David Bowie, ABC, The Stray Cats, Culture Club, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, Temple has also directed many good feature-length films and documentaries including The Great Rock And Roll Swindle (1980), Absolute Beginners (1986), The Filth and the Fury (2000) and Glastonbury (2006). Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is currently playing the festival circuit and getting great reviews. Hopefully the film will get a wider release soon.
– Official site for Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Official Trailer for Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007)
Seeing The Clash perform live with The Who in the early ’80s was one of the best live performances I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, and I’m happy to see that Joe Strummer and The Who are both the subjects of new documentaries this year. Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who was authorized by the remaining members of The Who (Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend) and claims to be the “definitive” documentary about the band so it should be an interesting film. Recent reviews coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival have been really positive. This two hour film is being released on DVD in November.
– Official site for Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
Official Trailer for Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007)
Scott Walker, Bob Dylan, Joy Division, The Clash and The Who are some of the greatest musical talents to come out of the sixties and seventies, so it’s wonderful to see that their work is still as vital as ever and inspiring filmmakers to take a deeper look at their lives and music. I really love music and good documentaries, and these are the new films that I’m most looking forward to seeing this year.