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The Punk Singer

19 Mar 20144 stars

Inspiring look at the Bikini Kill riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna

Whatever happened to Kathleen Hanna? That's the basic thrust of Sini Anderson's accomplished debut feature-length documentary chronicling the life of the explosively inspiring former singer with punk rock bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre and leader of the…

Mistaken for Strangers

3 Mar 20144 stars

Documentary about US indie group The National filmed by sibling Tom Berninger

A film about making a film, about a band making it as a band, and about brothers getting along as brothers – Mistakenfor Strangers may be one of the smartest, funniest, most heart-warming rockdocs ever made. Being a fan of The National isn't a…

As The Palaces Burn

27 Feb 20144 stars

Fascinating documentary about Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe's trial for manslaughter

Lamb of God are a seriously heavy rock band from Richmond, Virginia, who alongside Machine Head, Trivium and Shadows Fall helped revive the sound of thrash for a new generation of metal heads. They’ve sold a shit load of records; picked up multiple…

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone's World Tour to call at The O2, London in December 2014

27 Feb 2014

Tickets for the concert on sale from 9am on Fri 28 Feb

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone will be appearing in concert at London's O2 on Wed 10 Dec 2014, as part of his world tour. The composer, who made his name collaborating with former classmate Sergio Leone on several spaghetti westerns (notably…

Five of the best music highlights of the Glasgow Film Festival 2014

19 Feb 2014

Featuring Goblin with Golden Teacher and CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry introducing The Punk Singer

Partir to Live Strobes, 12-string guitar drones, skin-on-skin shots, electricity pylons – expect a chilling, confusing hour or so, at this screening of Chilean film Partir To Live. It’s beautifully soundtracked by Dutch minimalist electronic composer…

Terry Gilliam, Richard Dreyfuss and Richard Ayoade to attend Glasgow Film Festival 2014

5 Feb 2014

Mark Millar, CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry and magician Ricky Jay will also be in attendance

The guest line-up for the Glasgow Film Festival 2014 has been announced, with actor Richard Dreyfuss and director/Python Terry Gilliam topping the A-list. Dreyfuss will be attending in support of his road trip comedy Cas & Dylan, which is directed by…

Musical highlights of the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014

22 Jan 2014

Featuring projects by Ruth Paxton and Dobrinka Tabakova, Alex Neilson and Konx-Om-Pax

Film and Music Discussion Day Three sessions on the relationship between sound and image open with the makers of Pulse, Ruth Paxton and Dobrinka Tabakova. Former Y’All Is Fantasy Island vocalist Adam Stafford follows alongside sound designer Marcin…

Classically-scored film Pulse to kick off the Glasgow Short Film Festival

21 Jan 2014

The film is a collaboration between filmmaker Ruth Paxton and composer Dobrinka Tabakova

In the city there are eight million stories. One of these is 'Pulse', a collaboration between filmmaker Ruth Paxton and Grammy-nominated composer Dobrinka Tabakova. The world premiere of this thirteen-minute impressionistic noir opens this year's…

I Dream of Wires documentary charts history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesiser

15 Nov 2013

4-hour doc on instrument and culture that surrounds it featuring some high-profile contributors

The synthesizer might not be the sound of the future any more, but it's one of the few instruments invented within living memory. Highly-anticipated independent documentary I Dream of Wires explores the history, demise and resurgence of the modular…

Muscle Shoals

22 Oct 20134 stars

A music doc about an Alabama town rich in musical history, from Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys

Most music documentaries tend to focus on artists rather than environment, which is what makes Muscle Shoals an interesting prospect. You may not have heard of this small Alabama town that nestles on the banks of the Tennessee River, but the sounds it…

One Direction: This Is Us

29 Aug 20133 stars

Harry Styles' hyperventilating fans emerge as the truly special effects in Morgan Spurlock's pop doc

Behind Harry Styles, there are a lot of harried stylists. You actually get to see some of them in this Simon Cowell-produced monument to the astonishing first chapter of the One Direction story. It’s a work-for-hire gig for extrovert documentary-maker…

Interview - Mogwai on Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

17 Jul 2013

The band are set to perform their soundtrack live to Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno's film

Mogwai are perhaps not an obvious band to soundtrack a football film. Then again, there’s little obvious about Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s 2006 Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. More psychological sketch than sports documentary, its unrelenting…

Michael Nyman: Man With a Movie Camera set for 2013 Edinburgh Festival

16 Jul 2013

Installation of ten film remakes by the composer, filmmaker and photographer

This installation of ten movie remakes by the composer, filmmaker and photographer Michael Nyman is the first exhibition of his work ever to be held in Scotland. Based on the 1929 documentary Man With a Movie Camera, these ten works (all sharing a Nyman…

The Great Hip Hop Hoax

28 Jun 20132 stars

Bittersweet doc focusing on two Scottish chancers in the rap game

Not quite the grand affair the title suggests, Jeanie Finlay’s documentary is a mixture of found footage that tells an intriguingly obscure story about deliberately mistaken identity. Featuring two young Scots who passed themselves off to music industry…

Top 5 Sofia Coppola soundtrack songs

31 May 2013

The director of The Bling Ring has a history of choosing great tunes to accompany her films

When the trailer for The Bling Ring hit the internet a month or so ago, there was one one stand-out element that kept cropping up in the comment threads. Well, ok, there were two elements, but Emma Watson's dancing has already been discussed elsewhere…

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

17 May 20133 stars

Shane Meadows' rockumentary fails to satisfy either as a concert film or fly-on-the-wall doc

To borrow from an old Stone Roses B-side, the Mancunian band’s much-hyped reunion may well have been ‘what the world is waiting for’, though it’s hard to claim the same for this accompanying Shane Meadows-directed documentary. The director of Dead Man’s…

Neil Young: Journeys

16 May 20134 stars

An intimate homecoming documentary by the country rock legend, shot by Jonathan Demme

‘This is a town in North Ontario,’ are the first interview words uttered by Neil Young in this Jonathan Demme-directed documentary, and it’s probable that he’s consciously referencing the lyric of his own song ‘Helpless’. In the opening few minutes of…

Top 5 ex-wrestlers

19 Apr 2013

The Rock, Hulk Hogan and Chris Jericho are among those who have attempted non-wrestling careers

With the dust from Wrestlemania XXIX still settling, and wrestler-turned-writer Mick Foley coming to Edinburgh on April 24 to try out his new persona as a stand-up story teller, The List looks at the top 5 wrestlers who tired of being beaten up for a…

Recent documentaries Sound City and Side by Side examine analogue vs digital debate

19 Mar 2013

Films from Dave Grohl and Keanu Reeves are actually about a lot more than music and film technology

Produced and presented by Keanu Reeves, Side By Side provides insight into the attitudes held towards digital technology by some of the most significant figures working in film today. Similarly, the Dave Grohl-directed Sound City, which takes the form…

Gloria Swanson and Baby Peggy to feature in Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

27 Feb 2013

The silent film stars are part of a programme that includes music from Minima and The Dodge Brothers

Gloria Swanson is for many people the epitome of the silent film star. She is remembered not just for her many roles in early cinema (Male and Female, Why Change Your Wife) but also as ageing silent screen actress Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s sublime…

BA Roberston discusses his first acting role in Living Apart Together

22 Feb 2013

The 1982 film, soon to be given a new lease of life, is screening at the Glasgow Film Festival

Glasgow Film Festival annually revives a classic film made in Scotland, with previous galas including Bill Forsyth’s Gregory’s Girl and Bertrand Tavernier’s Death Watch. This year it’s writer/director Charlie Gormley’s 1982 film Living Apart Together…

The History of Future Folk

22 Feb 20133 stars

Charming but slight sci-fi music comedy in the vein of Flight of the Conchords

Cosmic-folk twosome Future Folk started life on the underground New York music scene, playing acoustic guitar-and-banjo tunes with sci-fi lyrics to crowds of bemused punters. The gentle whimsy and a focus on music rather than jokes puts their foot…

Raime (live), part of Sonic Cineplex - The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 16 Feb

18 Feb 20133 stars

A solid and engaging sound from the London duo, with disappointing visuals

Armed with one of 2012’s starkest releases, Quarter Turns Over a Living Line released on the uber-slick record label Blackest Ever Black and performances at last year's Unsound festival and London's South Bank, this London duo's post-industrial…

The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema extended for 2013

5 Feb 2013

Festival screenings will feature Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy and more

Scotland’s only silent film festival is ready for its third year in the beautiful Hippodrome ‘picture palace’ in Bo’ness. The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema has been extended to a five day event for the first time, with a flurry of musical…

Glasgow Film Festival 2013: Programme highlights

25 Jan 2013

Including The Place Beyond the Pines, Aftershock and Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing

Simon Munnery: Fylm-Makker A new, highly inventive live show from comedian Simon Munnery. Getting its first outing at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Fylm-Makker now comes to Glasgow as part of a UK-wide tour. It’s an innovative mix of music, animation…