9 Huge New Music-Related Movies You Need To See If You Loved A Star Is Born
Loved A Star Is Born? Then you'll love these 9 more movies coming soon...
The BFI London Film Festival is just around the corner and we are BUZZING to catch the world’s BEST new music movies at the fest this October 10th-21st.
The line-up includes films about what it’s like to be a fangirl (did you mean our actual life story?), a look into the Bros reunion tour in London last year, and even a throwback documentary about the journey of Trojan Records over the years as we approach their 50th anniversary.
Here Are The Movies You NEED To Catch...
I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY
Calling all fangirls, it’s about time we had a movie dedicated to us!
As our king Harry Styles once said: “Who’s to say that a teen girl’s musical taste is any less valuable than that of a 30-year-old hipster?”
Directed by Jessica Leski, I Used To Be Normal takes a look into the lives of four women aged 14-64 from diverse backgrounds, and how their love of boybands (ranging from One Direction to The Beatles) inspires them. That’s right. Finally, a movie that expresses what our favourite boys mean to us all - we can’t wait!
BROS: AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS
Brothers Matt and Luke Goss were the duo everyone was crazy for in the late 1980s, making them the youngest band EVER to headline Wembley. So, why did they break up?
After a long hiatus from taking the music world by storm, Bros hit the road again last year on their reunion tour in London. Directors Joe Pearlman and David Soutar take us backstage and behind the scenes into the life of the brothers over the course of their comeback.
Based on the life and career of Joan Jett, Kevin Kerslake takes us into the world of the ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ singers fight for noisy art and feminism in a music scene dominated by men. We follow her story from her days in famous all-girl punk band ‘The Runaways’ to her stepping in as frontwoman for ‘The Gits’ after the lead singer's shocking murder.
With interviews from Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong, Iggy Pop and Kristen Stewart (who played the role of Joan in biopic The Runaways), it’s sure to be a ride of ups and downs as we take a look into the life of the queen of rock ‘n’ roll.
Ethan Hawke’s Blaze brings to life the story of the tremendously talented, almost-famous, country music singer, Blaze Foley. We follow him on his musical journey to stardom as he joins forces with Townes van Zandt and they create music that weaves together the narrative of the story. Blaze puts us on the frontline of a singers restless fight to make it, and what they may have to sacrifice along the way to get there.
The revolution will be televised.
In this enlightening documentary from Melissa Haizlip and Samuel D Pollard, we see how black artistry and black culture came into American households in a time before Oprah and Arsenio. During the wake of the civil-rights movement, SOUL! brought to our screens African-american artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sidney Poitier and James Baldwin in all their glory and talent, and so began a celebration of black poets, dancers and soul musicians on our screens at home.
Deemed by many in it’s day as ahead of its time, Mr. Soul! is sure to blow your socks off.
RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS
From director Nicolas Jack Davies comes a documentary that celebrates the rise and journey of Trojan Records and the introduction of reggae music it brought to a global audience for the first time. We’re taken through the evolution of the label from the 1960’s to see the prejudice that was overcome and the difference that the music made in British Jamaican working-class youth and their culture and lifestyle.
SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO
In this documentary on the life of Chilly Gonzales, Philipp Jedicke in his directing debut shows us the artistic world and struggle of a man with ego’s on top of ego’s (on top of egos.) After flying to Europe and making it big on the music scene in Berlin, Gonzales shows us that his talent holds no bounds - from rapping to performance art to commanding audiences with his solo pianist abilities, there is nothing this man can’t do.
And with Gonzales having documented it all, this documentary will take you behind the scenes and into his life like no other.
Mike may be your average factory worker by day, but by night he’s a rock singer inspired by the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. When Viktor Tsoy enters Mike’s world, everything begins to change. Tsoy’s talent sends a message of a need for change, and as him and Mike begin to rock the industry together, change might just come about. Summer will bring you all the 1980’s rock ‘n’ roll you didn’t know you needed, and you’re sure to never forget.
Adam’s teenage angst comes from years of being moved around in the care system since his mother left him there as a young child. When he’s moved to Southend, where his biological mother lives, he encounters one girl that will change his life forever, Makayla. Thrown into the underground hip-hop scene, Adam is tested to see if the years of anger he’s been accumulating can finally be put to good use. Can Makayla encourage Adam to use his speedy word skills and win his way to being the town's rap battle champion?
The 62nd BFI London Film Festival runs from 10 - 21 October. Tickets available now from www.bfi.org.uk/lff