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Music-inspired films and events that will leave you dancing in the aisles.
BFI Southbank’s year round ‘Sonic Cinema’ programme spreads its wings with this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Walter Pater wrote that ‘All art aspires toward the condition of music’, a maxim that resonates in the selection of films and events here. We find passion in abundance across a broad musical spectrum from punk, electronica and classic pop to soul, film scores and twisted rave. We welcome one of Britain’s foremost composers Michael Nyman, and there’s a rare chance to see wild Portuguese sound system Buraka Son Sistema play live. As another famous Englishman once said: ‘If music be the food of love, play on.’
Lukas Moodysson’s warm and witty coming of age tale about three teenage girls in Stockholm forming a punk band.
Philippe Béziat’s extraordinary access to Jean François Sivadier’s production of La Traviata offers an engrossing insight into the creative process.
Behind the scenes of the surprise hit musical based on Green Day’s American Idiot album, in Doug Hamilton’s treat for fans and theatre buffs alike.
A peek into the underground world of a music craze that has taken Egypt’s youth by storm with its pulsating beats and revolutionary lyrics.
For the first time and in her own words, Freda Kelly tells how she went from Liverpool typist to the heart of The Beatles' musical revolution.
Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne return with an impressionistic, poetic vision of a vanishing London, with footage from the BFI National Archive.
The man who soundtracked the movies for much of the late 20th century is affectionately profiled in Dori Berinstein’s deeply personal portrait.
A tour doc with a difference with US band The National – the director is singer Matt’s little brother and sibling tension is beginning to show.
A wild ride with Portuguese sensation Buraka Som Sistema in the studio and on their travels across the lusophone world and beyond.
A rousing and heartfelt document of the extraordinary feminist rock icon Kathleen Hanna, singer from Bikini Kill and Le Tigre.
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