The New Zealand International Film Festival announced earlier today the addition of seven music films to their burgeoning 2012 programme, joining the highly regarded Marley. Of the seven, the most highly anticipated is the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, which chronicles the revered dance-punk outfit’s triumphant final concert at a sold-out Madison Square Garden last year. Also of note is the inclusion of Neil Young Journeys, the third such concert film directed by Jonathan Demme (following Heart of Gold), which intersperses footage from the legendary singer-songwriter’s recent Massey Hall show in Toronto – featuring a setlist made up of tracks from 2010’s Le Noise and old favourites – with a trip down memory lane through Young’s childhood town of Omemee, Ontario. I’m very much looking forward to both of these, and no doubt there’s also some great viewing to be had amongst the rest of today’s announcements: the McGarrigle sisters tribute concert film Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, which features Rufus and Martha Wainwright; Searching for Sugar Man promises a revelatory discovery in cult Mexican-American ’70s singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez; Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir introduces us to a legendary little old lady of Icelandic music; Songs (aka As Canções) asks Rio de Janeiro inhabitants, or “Cariocas”, to discuss their favourite song and then sing it, a cappella; and Incredibly Strange addition Last Days Here tracks three roller coaster years in the recent life of Bobby Liebling, the outrageous frontman of ’70s metal band Pentagram, who is inspired by an über-fan to get his act together long enough to attempt an unlikely comeback. Check out trailers for each film below.
Watch the trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits below.
Watch the trailer for Neil Young Journeys below.
Watch an excerpt from Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle below.
Watch the trailer for Searching for Sugar Man below.
Watch the trailer for Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir below.
Watch the Brazilian trailer for Songs (aka As Canções) below [Not subtitled]
Watch the trailer for Last Days Here below.
The 2012 NZ International Film Festival kicks off in Auckland on July 19 and runs through to August 05. For more information on any of these films, head to their website. I will be covering the festival in-depth this year, so look out for more updates as well as reviews once the screenings commence.