Five unmissable music documentaries to catch this summer
This summer, the team behind Shadow Electric will bring you Shimmerlands, a two-month event that brings together an outdoor cinema, concerts, multiple bars, and outdoor dining. The 2017 cinema program is bursting with music documentaries, so we've narrowed it down to five of our favourites.
1. One More Time With Feeling (2016)
It's the heartbreaking documentary that accompanied Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' 16th studio album The Skeleton Tree and came after the tragic death of Cave's 15-year-old son. Directed by Andrew Dominik, the film uses a mix of interviews and performance footage to show Cave's harrowing battle with grief and darkness, culminating in an emotional and mesmerising screening.
2. Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)
This larger than life film by two-time Academy award-winning director Barbara Kopple follows the story of the legendary Sharon Jones. The soul powerhouse released her first album with The Dap Kings at 40 years of age, and the documentary celebrates the diva who defied obstacles and brushed off hatred to claim a stake in contemporary genres.
3. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
Many bands let themselves descend into obscurity after reaching their reach. LCD Soundsystem did the opposite. On April 2, 2011, the band had their final show at Madison Square Garden at the height of their power. Produced by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film documents the iconic show as well as the frantic days leading up to it.
4. Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records (2013)
Stones Throw Records have had a huge hand in the popularity of modern day hip hop, giving the world artists like J Dilla, Guilty Simpsons, Madlib and more. Now you can see the seminal label's story for yourself, from rare concert footage to interviews with contemporary stars like Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, and others. Experience the rich history behind one of the biggest hip hop labels in the world.
5. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)
They've always been known as Britpop's bratty brothers, but remember when they weren't split and fighting over Twitter? Oasis, at their peak, were a duo that swaggered with crude wit, honesty and humour, making them one of the most influential UK bands ever. Directed by Mat Whitecross, Supersonic documents the band across three years, from their up-and-coming first single to playing sold out shows in 1996.
Shimmerlands will screen over 45 films within the University of Melbourne, as well as hosting live music and outdoor dining, from Sunday January 1 - Sunday February 26.