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Films in Sonic

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

‘We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams’, so goes Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s 1873 poem Ode; and so goes this year’s Sonic strand, for it is a kind of dream, one that takes us from little-known hypnotic Cambodian rock and roll, to psychedelic counter culture 1970s Oklahoma, from the earliest recorded American folk songs to the inception of hip hop in New York, from a murderous, sexually-charged Manilla to a melancholy Paris, and on to the suppressed but indomitable musicians of Mali, all the way back to the Elephant and Castle. So turn on, tune in and join us for a sonic cinematic trip into pure unbridled creativity and love of music.

Stuart Brown

Sonic Gala in Association with MOBO Film

The IdolThe Idol

Twice Oscar-nominated Abu-Assad tells the incredible story of Mohammad Assaf – Gazan winner of Arab Idol who won the hearts of millions with his voice.

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The American Epic Sessions The American Epic Sessions

Jack White and T Bone Burnett preside over a galaxy of music legends, as they gather in one LA studio to record on the legendary Western Electric lathe.

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Danny Says Danny Says

An enjoyable account of the Ramones manager who was much, much more than that.

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Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Before the Vietnam war spilled into Cambodia, the music scene had merged both west and east to produce a strange musical concoction.

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Elephant Days Elephant Days

Not only a record of the Maccabees recording their fourth album, this is a spirited exploration of the streets and people that populate Elephant and Castle, where the music studio is located.

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Fresh Dressed Fresh Dressed

A comprehensive guide to the rise of hip hop style from its early days through to its current global dominance.

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Hot Sugar’s Cold World Hot Sugar’s Cold World

An offbeat muso-travelogue, following the eclectic musician as he records his new album.

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Janis: Little Girl Blue Janis: Little Girl Blue

An affectionate portrait of the soul singer who died at too young an age, featuring stunning archival footage.

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A Poem Is a Naked Person A Poem Is a Naked Person

This portrait of Rock and Roll hall of famer, Leon Russell is an ineffable, joyous collage of mesmerising live performance and vérité realism.

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Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore

The punk sound and vision of Khavn De La Cruz through the lens of Christopher Doyle, this kaleidoscope of sex, violence and crime has a banging soundtrack at its core.

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Sonic DJ sets Sonic DJ sets

Join Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia as they DJ in London together for the first time, creating a historic night that’s not to be missed.

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Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

If you loved hip hop in the 1990s then you listened to Stretch and Bobbito. Here, they tell their own story.

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They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile

The rise of fundamentalism has threatened the lives of Malian musicians and the music they play. However, they refuse to be silenced.

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Short films programme

The New MusicSound Mirrors

Nine diverse short films all on a musical theme.

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