List Film

Films: Musical

Joyful Noise

  • 2012
  • US
  • 117 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Todd Graff
  • Written by: Todd Graff
  • Cast: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson
  • UK release: 29 June 2012

Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton play rival choir directors in this comedy musical set in small town Georgia. After a rival choir is found to have cheated at a regional competition, the group take part in the national finals of the amateur 'Joyful Noise' competition in LA.

Rock of Ages

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Adam Shankman
  • Written by: Justin Theroux, Chris D'Arienzo
  • Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise
  • UK release: 15 June 2012

Sherrie (Hough) and Drew (Boneta) are perky music-biz wannabes who work at LA's Bourbon Room; then rock star Stacee Jaxx (Cruise) struts into their lives. Maniacal jukebox musical based on a Broadway/West End hit, it's at best irresistibly idiotic and at worst brilliantly bad: Baldwin and Brand steal the show.

NKOTBSB

  • 2012
  • UK
  • UK release: 29 April 2012

Two of America's biggest boy bands join together as New Kids on the Block and Back Street Boys share the stage for a gig at the O2 Arena, broadcast live to cinemas around the country.

Stephen Sondheim's Company

  • 2012
  • UK
  • 180 min
  • Directed by: Harold Prince
  • Written by: Stephen Sondheim
  • Cast: Craig Bierko, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Patti LuPone, Martha Plimpton
  • UK release: 15 March 2012

Recording of a New York Philharmonic concert production of Sondheim's musical about the commitment-phobic Robert, his ten coupled-up friends, his three girlfriends and his 35th birthday party. Recorded live at the Avery Fisher Hall.

Naachle London

  • 2012
  • UK
  • PG
  • Directed by: Neville Raschid
  • Cast: Sofia Hayat, Raj Ghatak, Kulvinder Ghir
  • UK release: 24 February 2012

'BollyBrit' drama about British Asians competing in a dance festival at the London Mela.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies

  • 2012
  • Australia

Big-screen version of a new Australian production of Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, filmed at Melbourne’s iconic Regent Theatre.

Becoming Traviata

  • 2012
  • France
  • 120 min
  • Directed by: Philippe Béziat

A behind-the-scenes look at a staging of Verdi's masterwork.

The Merchants of Bollywood

  • 2012
  • Spain

A recording of the smash-hit Australian musical made at the Tivoli Theatre in Barcelona during its world tour. Telling the history of Bollywood film, the fictional story, is based around the lives of the Merchant family of choreographers.

The Suicide Shop (Le magasin des suicides)

  • 2012
  • France/Canada/Belgium
  • Directed by: Patrice Leconte
  • Cast: Bernard Alane, Isabelle Spade, Kacey Mottet Klein

In this macabre animated musical, a town full of suicidal denizens is challenged by the birth of a boy who somehow brings a smile to everyone he meets.

The Last Time I Saw Macao (A Última Vez Que Vi Macau)

  • 2012
  • France/Portugal/Macao
  • 85 min
  • Directed by: João Pedro Rodrigues/João Rui Guerra da Mata
  • Cast: Lydie Barbara, João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues

East and West collide in this moody experimental film noir. A combination of film noir, personal essay, and portrait of a city. The city is Macao, a former Portuguese colony that still bears traces of its past as a gambling haven and a magnet for Westerners’ reveries about the exotic East. The narrator returns to the…

The War of The Worlds Alive on Stage

  • 2012
  • UK
  • 100 min
  • Directed by: Nick Morris
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Jeff Wayne, Marti Pellow

Take cover – it's the original (prog-rock) score for the HG Wells novel adaptation, featuring holographic Liam Neeson as George Herbert. A screening of the live performance on the London O2 stage on Dec 15 2012.

Leave It on the Floor

  • 2011
  • Canada, US
  • 101 min
  • Directed by: Sheldon Larry
  • Written by: Glenn Gaylord
  • Cast: Ephraim Sykes, Andre Myers, Phillip Evelyn
  • UK release: 3 August 2012

An original musical set in Los Angeles, bullied Brad (Sykes) leaves home and by chance ends up in the midst of the LA dance scene. With music by Beyoncé.

Beloved (Les bien-aimés)

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • France/UK/Czech Republic
  • 139 min
  • Directed by: Christophe Honoré
  • Written by: Christophe Honoré
  • Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Milos Forman, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Chiara Mastroianni, Michel Delpech
  • UK release: 11 May 2012

Elegiac musical contrasting the lives of Madeleine (Sagnier and Deneuve as younger and older incarnations) and her daughter Vera (Mastroianni), who were young in the 60s and the early 21st century respectively. A sprawling, poignant, ambitious epic of unrequited love.

Hunky Dory

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • UK
  • 109 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Marc Evans
  • Written by: Laurence Coriat
  • Cast: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch
  • UK release: 2 March 2012

Funny and gently moving tale set in 70s Wales, about a free-spirited drama teacher (Driver) determined to put on a musical version of The Tempest. There's at least one sub-plot too many, but the period music is impeccably played and intelligently used; audiences willing to suspend disbelief will be swept up.

The Muppets

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 103 min
  • U
  • Directed by: James Bobin
  • Written by: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones
  • UK release: 10 February 2012

When Muppet fans Gary (Segel), his girlfriend Mary (Adams) and brother Walter (a puppet) learn that oil millionaire Tex Richman (Cooper) plans to demolish the Muppet theatre, it's time to reunite the original cast. If the plot could be fresher, the well-chosen guest stars, self-referential humour and old-school bonhomie…

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

  • 2011
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kevin Tancharoen
  • Cast: Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison

Concert documentary shot during the immensely popular TV show's summer 2011 tour.

JLS: Eyes Wide Open

  • 2011
  • UK
  • U
  • Directed by: Andy Morahan

Concert film from the urban popsters.

Memphis

  • 2011
  • UK
  • 145 min
  • Directed by: Don Roy King, Christopher Ashley
  • Cast: Chad Kimball, Montego Glover, Derrick Baskin

Live broadcast of the Tony award-winning musical, direct from its run on Broadway.

Phantom of the Opera at the Albert Hall

  • 2011
  • UK
  • 160 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nick Morris, Laurence Connor
  • Cast: Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser

A live recording of a celebratory 25th anniversary performance of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber classic, including pre-show content and interval.

Royal Opera House: Tosca

  • 2011
  • UK
  • 125 min
  • Directed by: Antonio Pappano
  • Cast: Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel

This production of Puccini's classic, set in Rome at the turn of the 19th century, was conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Burlesque

  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Antin
  • Written by: Susannah Grant
  • Cast: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Dianna Agron

Run-of-the-mill implausible sequin-fest featuring Aguilera as a small-town girl who quits her waitressing job to make it as a singer and is taken under the grizzled wing of former dancer (and failing burlesque club owner) Cher.

Bran Nue Dae

  • 2009
  • Australia
  • 85 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rachel Perkins
  • Cast: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo

A young man enjoying the summer of his hometown is sent to a religious mission by his mother. After bein punished for rebelling, he runs away from the mission to go on an adventure.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

  • 2009
  • US
  • 82 min
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia, Sandha Khin

Hailed by Variety as ‘a magical amalgam of Godard, Miles Davis, Morris Engel and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is the most thrilling, romantic, imaginative, toe-tapping American independent production of recent years. Shot on black-and-white 16mm, it is a sublime re-imagining of an MGM…

Ride, Rise, Roar

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hillman Curtis
  • Cast: David Byrne

David Byrne concert film shot over the course of several shows on his 2008/09 tour, featuring classics from Talking Heads, solo material, and his recent collaboration with Brian Eno.