Bob Marley in a scene from the movie Marley.
Bob Marley in a scene from the movie Marley.

Rock Me Baby - Cinematic view of music in time for Bluesfest

BLUESFEST is less than a week away and Palace Cinema is joining the party with Rock Me Baby - A Cinematic Celebration of Music and Musos.

Enjoy four fantastic films over four days:

 Monday, March 25, at 7pm with Pink Floyd The Wall.

With a screenplay by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and directed by Alan Parker (The Commitments), Pink Floyd The Wall is a visionary film about Pink, a troubled rock star who descends into madness in the midst of his physical, mental and social isolation.

Based on the 1979 double album The Wall by Pink Floyd, the film opens with Pink, played by Bob Geldof, in the hotel room he's just destroyed, burnt out from the music business and only functioning with the help of drugs provided by his manager.

From his early life as an overprotected child and a student bullied by teachers when he starts writing poetry, to his life as a rock musician unable to cope with fame, Pink's built a wall around himself as protection from the outside world. The Wall is noted for its extraordinary animated sequences and visual effects, as well as the iconic soundtrack from one of rock music's most innovative and influential groups.

Neil Young Journeys screens on Tuesday, March 26, at 7pm.

In May 2011, Neil Young drove from his idyllic hometown in Ontario, Canada, to Toronto's iconic Massey Hall, where he performed the last two nights of his solo world tour.

Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to filmmaker Jonathan Demme, a long-time fan and collaborator who directed 2006's Heart of Gold. Demme captured these tales of Young's childhood and masterfully wove them together with his mesmerizing music, including songs from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of classics including Ohio, Hey Hey, My My, I Believe in You and previously unreleased songs Leia and You Never Call. Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of the artist.


Marley screens on Wednesday, March 27, at 7p.m

The life and times of the legendary Bob Marley is captured in Marley, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland) and screening on Wednesday, March 27, at 7p.m.

Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the Jamaican musician, revolutionary and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom.

Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people who knew him best. Marley is a compelling documentary that will stand as the definitive record of Bob Marley's too-short but extraordinary life.

It is worth seeing for one scene alone: the camera travels slowly down a dirt road in the lush Jamaican countryside as Bob Marley sings one of his signature tunes, Redemption Song. Magic.


Searching for Sugar Man screens at 2pm on Thursday, March 28

Searching for Sugar Man won the Best Documentary Oscar at this year's Academy Awards and rightly so. It's a film about hope, inspiration, the resonating power of music and a fascinating musician named Sixto Rodriguez.

In the late 1960s, Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by two record producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded two albums, Cold Fact and Coming From Reality, which they were certain would secure Rodriguez' reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. But neither of the albums was commercially successful in the United States and the singer disappeared into obscurity, amid rumours of an on-stage death or suicide.

But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades, Rodriguez became a phenomenon.

Decades later, two South African fans set out to discover what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the myths about the artist known simply as Rodriguez. Searching for Sugar Man screens at 2pm on Thursday, March 28, with the man himself gracing the Bluesfest stage later that night.

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