Palace Cinemas will present the inaugural Palace Touring: 2019 Music Film Festival, featuring a kaleidoscopic series of master music feature films covering the past 40 years.
Opening night (August 1) – THE DOORS: THE FINAL CUT, directed by Oliver Stone features in its Australian Premiere. This stunning 4K restoration is the King Kong of rock movies, portraying the psychedelic 60’s and the myth of The Doors’ iconic front-man Jim Morrison.
The beat continues, with THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, a film delving into the iconic bands touring years in the mid 60’s, exploring their inner workings, to the development of their music and the eventual phenomenon that became Beatlemania.
Continuing with the British theme, the movie CONTROL brings us a poignant, white and black biopic of Joy Divisions lan Curtis, whilst AMY (winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary) is a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity experienced by British star Amy Winehouse.
The ball turns to disco, with the cultural phenomenon SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and moves to SUPERSONIC, a look at Britpop’s iconic band Oasis. A tribute to singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is also found in JONI 75: A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
The power of music is portrayed beautifully in GURRUMUL, a celebration of blind indigenous singer songwriter Yunupingu, who finds purpose and meaning through music inspired by his community in North East Arnhem Land.
Other films on show will be rock-n-roll mockumentary THIS IS SPINAL TAP, plus 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH and THE LAST WALTZ.
Hot off the heels of screenings at SXSW and Sydney Film Festival, the festival curtain is closed with THE CHILLS: THE TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY OF MARTIN PHILLIPPS. This brand-new music documentary is an honest and inspiring tribute to New Zealand music’s most genius and loved bands, as told through the eyes of their eccentric band leader.
The inaugural Palace Music Film Festival will screen between Thursday August 1 and Wednesday August 14, 2019
Featured image- a still from Joni 75 : A Birthday Celebration. From left to right- Graham Nash, Charles Valentino, Joni Mitchell, Sauchuen, James Taylor