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Digging up raves at music film festival

25 April, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Haçienda features in Do You Own The Dancefloor? as part of the festival

AN underground rave, live beatboxing, a gospel choir and a cinema transformed into a 1970s psychedelic house party in honour of Jimi Hendrix are among the exceptional items on the programme at this year’s Everyman Cinemas Music Film Festival.

The eclectic array of documentary, music films, live performances and Q&As adds an extra level to the series, turning each evening into an event in itself.

Now in its fifth year, the festival programme will feature films about Aretha Franklin, Hendrix, Elton John, The Haçienda and ’90s rave culture.

The films cover musical icons, artists, and subcultures that have had a profound impact on the musical landscape and culture at large.

While the festival has more recently spread to other cities, we focus on the London programme here, while further information can be found at


• Amazing Grace + live Gospel Choir presented by Boiler Room/4:3 (Everyman Crystal Palace). Sydney Pollack’s 1972 film depicts Aretha Franklin’s return to gospel following numerous Grammy wins, as she records Amazing Grace at LA’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

• Beats London Gala Screening + afterparty at SUPERMAX, Spiritland’s new hidden bar directly underneath the cinema (Everyman King’s Cross). This coming-of-age film follows two best friends in a small Scottish town in 1994 as they head out for one last night at an illegal rave.


• Who Let The Dogs Out (Everyman Baker Street). Many are unaware that the hook from Grammy-winning Baha Men track Who Let The Dogs Out dates back to 1959. The film traces its history back through time, interspersing interviews with musicians.


• Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me + Q&A with director Olivia Lichtenstein (Everyman Baker Street & Crystal Palace). BAFTA-winning director Olivia Lichtenstein brings the untold story of soul singer Teddy Pendergrass.


• We Speak Music + Live Q&A / Performance by Reeps One (Everyman Crystal Palace). Fronted by visual artist and world-class beatboxer Harry Yeff (aka Reeps One) and presented by Nokia Bell Labs, this series of six short documentaries investigates the unexpected evolution of the human voice and technology.


• Do You Own The Dancefloor? + live Q&A with director Chris Hughes + after-party at SUPERMAX (Everyman King’s Cross). Three years after renowned nightclub The Haçienda closed (in 1997), as it faced demolition, parts of the building were auctioned off to raise money for charity. This documentary follows those unique mementos, and those who felt so affected that they had to come back to Manchester to bid for bricks, toilets, exit signs and pieces of the hallowed dance floor.


• The Pigeonhole (Screen on the Green). Hosted by Natty Wylah, expect celestial sounds from the likes of Vincent Deighan, MA.MOYO and Marysia Osuchowska, and beguiling images in To Live And Die In Manilla, which follows musicians responding to the sociopolitical turbulence in the Philippine capital. There will also be a showcase of animations in response to music.

MONDAY, May 20

• Teen Spirit (Screen on the Green, Crystal Palace, Hampstead). Directed by Max Minghella, Teen Spirit is a stylish spin on Cinderella, following Violet, a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing.

• AUDINT Presents: Holo Dissonance + The Invention of Morel + Ghostcode (Everyman King’s Cross). AUDINT is a research cell investigating how frequencies are deployed to control psychological and physiological states. Currently consisting of Steve Goodman/Kode9, Eleni Ikon, Toby Heys, Souzana Zamfe, and Patrick Defasten, they will be giving a presentation on these ideas, with a brief historical overview of the notion stretching from 1944 to 2064, followed by 1974 fantasy film The Invention of Morel, and closing with AUDINT’s short film Ghostcode.


• Agile Films Showcase + live Q&A + DJ set + food and drink (Screen on the Green) An evening showcase of music videos and shorts. Expect films from artists such as Zara Larsson, Loyle Carner, Gorillaz, Maribou State and Yellow Days plus an exclusive screening of LSFF & UK Film Festival short film winner Mothering by Lucy Bridger.


• Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church (Baker Street). Electric Church tells the story of Jimi Hendrix’s 4th July concert at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival, which took place against a backdrop of civil rights unrest and the Vietnam War. London museum Handel & Hendrix will transform the cinema into a trippy 1970s house party.

• Khartoum presents: A Night In Paris (Screen on the Green). Paris band Khartoum transport guests to a Parisian brothel/ discotheque with music, burlesque, theatre and film.

MAY 23-25

• See Know Evil + Q&A with director Charlie Curran and Francesca Sorrenti, Davide’s mother (King’s Cross, Hampstead) An uncensored look into the life of ‘90s fashion photographer and youth culture icon Davide Sorrenti.

MAY 24-26

• Rocketman (Everyman Cinemas across the UK) Taron Edgerton stars alongside Richard Madden in an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.


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