Music, documentaries and gin.

Today is the first day of this year’s edition of:

Beefeater In-Edit Music Documentary Film Festival.

Have a look at the program. Choose your music genre and the artists you want to get an insight of. You have 10 days.

Highlights include the Music Documentary Market, the All-night Marathon, London’s Backstage and Beefeater In-Edit Online.

Here some suggestions from the program:

1) So the festival opens with Micheal Nyman in person presenting a documentary focusing on his modes and methods of working. Nyman is an English composer acclaimed for his film scores including the Oscar winning “The Piano”. Should be interesting with him explaing in person his motives for the film.

2) The Martin Scorcese biography of George Harrison “Living in the Material World”, the title having been taken from an album released by Harrison in 1973. It premiered in Liverpool in early October but isn’t on general release in cinemas, instead HBO broadcast it over two nights followed by general release straight onto DVD. Thus it’s a rare chance to see interviews with those closest to Harrison interspersed with rare archive footage on the big screen. A must!

3) “They call it acid” focuses on the rave culture of Britain in the late 80’s. The movement was pivotal in the development of house and music in general but the conservative government cracked down on the parties with the introduction of the Criminal Justice Bill. The Stone Roses (soon to be reformed), Happy Mondays and to an extent Oasis all came through and from the scene.

Classic acid house track:

4) The interwining paths of Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and David Bowie in the early seventies that spawned the album Transformer and the alter-ego Ziggy Stardust are featured in “The Sacred Triangle Bowie, Iggy and Lou 1971-1973”

5) “¿Qué más?”

Further documentaries on Ray Davies, lead singer of The Kinks features as does Toots and the Maytals, proper reggae!!!

Or this movie about Joe Strummer: