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Sonic

Music-inspired films and events that will leave you dancing in the aisles.

Like cinema, music has the power to envelop us and move us, both emotionally and physically. We turn to music to change or enhance our mood, provide us with courage or refuge, for protest and celebration, for therapy and healing; we unite under its banner and wear its badge with pride. Music is so intrinsic to the human condition, we instinctively soundtrack our lives with it. So join us on a cinematic sonic journey that takes in towering, futuristic audiovisual opera, rhapsodic jazz, ecstatic raving in Paris, beautiful song from the remotest forest, razor-sharp rhymes, game-changing hip hop and folk songs that will melt your heart and nourish your soul.

Stuart Brown

Films in Sonic

The 78 Project Movie The 78 Project Movie

Musicians from around the US lay down tracks on an antique recording device in this beguilng portrait of old time folk music.

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Austin To Boston Austin To Boston

Join London’s Communion collection of musicians as they perform across the US in this road-trip turned tour documentary.

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Eden Eden

Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children) creates a sprawling fictional drama about the rise of the French house music scene – exuberant, idyllic and musically heady.

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Flow Flow

A portrait of raw creativity and the bruising challenges of success on the fringes of the Danish rap scene, starring Danish rapper Gilli.

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Keep On Keepin’ On Keep On Keepin’ On

Music bridges the generation gap in this poignant documentary about the friendship between two jazz musicians.

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Nas: Time is Illmatic Nas: Time is Illmatic

An absorbing and stylish documentary of one of hip hops’ defining albums.

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Song From the Forest Song From the Forest

An American musicologist’s life among the Bayaka pygmies is portrayed in this haunting documentary.

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BUG Special: Full Time Hobby

Join BUG and the BFI to celebrate the tenth anniversary of record label Full Time Hobby.

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Short films programme

Radio Live Transmission Radio Live Transmission

Short films and animations exploring the use of sound and music in narrative.

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