'Let There Be Rock' is an upcoming film program to be held at The Australian Cinémathèque, located at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. 'Let There Be Rock' is all about celebrating live music on film and will run from April 29 to June 5, 2011.
Music and cinema have a very close relationship and many filmmakers not only had their start in the industry through music videos such as Michael Bay, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry, Brett Ratner, Anton Corbijn, Garth Jennings and Mark Romanek, but also many filmmakers are also music lovers, such as Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson and Cameron Crowe, who all showcase their love of music in their feature films.
Taking its name from the AC/DC song 'Let There Be Rock' the film program comprises of feature films, documentaries, concert films as well as a collection of music performances, and some screenings are even accompanied by music performances by a live band. There is a lot to look forward to for music and film lovers.
The film program features some expected concert film classics, as well as some great feature film biographies on various artists (both real and fictional!) and musicals. As the title of the film program suggests - the collection of films also explore the various facets of the rock and roll music genre. Highlights of the film program include the fantastic documentary The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2009) which features the American alternative rock duo at the height of their fame. The White Stripes sadly split in February 2011.
Another highlight is Control (2007), Anton Corbijn's portrait of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, who committed suicide at age 23, on the eve of Joy Division's first North American tour. Corbijn, who has been a life-long fan of Joy Division and photographed the band in the late 1970s for NME, also directed the music video for the 1988 rerelease of 'Atmosphere'. With the release of the acclaimed feature film, the music of Joy Division found a new audience. Also released in 2007 was the documentary Joy Division.
Other biographies screening include the classic Sid and Nancy (1986), directed by Alex Cox and starring Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious, The Runaways (2010), a portrait of the 1970s rock group of the same name, which featured rock legend Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. There is also the brilliant Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010), which saw Andy Serkis portray Ian Dury. Other classics screening include the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984), the Elvis feature Jailhouse Rock (1957), Purple Rain (1984), which was a film project developed for Prince and A Hard Day's Night (1964), which was the first Beatles film.
Some classic documentary/concert films are also screening; there is The Last Waltz (1978), directed by Martin Scorsese, which featured the farewell performance of rock group The Band - alongside some esteemed guests, including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young. Also screening is Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973), which also captured the farewell concert of the David Bowie alter-ego of 'Ziggy Stardust.' Gimme Shelter (1970), also captured a historical moment on film, but this one had nothing to do with the music or the performers - instead the documentary film directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, which chronicled the 1969 US Rolling Stones Tour - featured footage of the infamous Altamont Free Concert. Other concert films include Woodstock (1970), Heima (2007) featuring Sigur Ros, Miroir Noir (2008) featuring 2011 Grammy Award winners Arcade Fire and Jimi Hendrix (1973).
There are also a range of documentaries on offer; DiG! (2004) which documented the careers of The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Filth and the Fury (2000), which explored the rise of the Sex Pistols, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) which traced the life of Bob Dylan, Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008) examines the influential American singer/songwriter Patti Smith, When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors (2009) is regarded as the definitive portrait of The Doors and the revealing Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004).
Classic musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Hair (1979) feature, as do Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) and The Who's Tommy (1975) and Quadrophenia (1979).
There really is something for everyone - to take a look at the entire film program, see the Queensland Art Gallery website. Tickets are on sale soon and are priced from $9 for an adult and a five-film pass is at the discounted fee of $36.
As mentioned there will be special performances on Friday Night screenings - for the latest on these events, check this website closer to the event date - www.qag.qld.gov.au/rock.