Get what you need with music cinema


The transformative power of music is amplified in a new multi-genre program of documentaries and feature films screening at the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA this spring. Tickets are now on sale for more than 25 films in ‘Get What You Want: Music Cinema’, screening from 2 September in conjunction with Brisbane Festival.

Miles Davis
Production still from Miles Ahead 2016 / Director: Don Cheadle / Image courtesy: Sony Films

The ‘Get What You Want: Music Cinema’ program covers all genres of music from country to disco, folk to hip hop, house to punk, and metal to reggae. It includes films that provide insight on the music and lives of artists including Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Madonna and more.

Witness the motivations of some of the most mythologised stars of modern music as well as far-flung communities where grass roots movements are localising contemporary genres to powerful effect.

‘Get What You Want’ opens on Friday 2 September with a Madonna double-bill. Following the 6pm screening of the new documentary Strike a Pose 2016 exploring the life of backup dancers away from the spotlight of the 1990 Blond Ambition tour, In Bed with Madonna 1991 then screens from 8pm.

Dank Morass DJs spin an opening weekend set 12 noon–1.00pm and 2.00-2.30pm for Saturday 3 September’s double feature of documentaries on the Los Angeles beat community and Stones Throw Records.

Documentaries on musical icons such as the heartbreaking Amy Winehouse story Amy 2015 and the surreal day-in-the-life of Nick Cave 20,000 Days on Earth 2014 will screen, as will an illuminating profile of reggae star Bob Marley, Marley 2012 and the tortured portrait of the symbol of a generation, Kurt Cobain, in Montage of Heck 2015.

Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music 2000 shows how the genre’s themes of loss and endurance have deep relevance for Indigenous Australian musicians, while Maestro 2003 explores the roots of dance music culture in the night clubs of 1970s New York, and heavy metal makes a difference in the most unexpected of places with Death Metal Angola 2012.

Feature films in the program include the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis 2013, punk classic Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains 1982, and Don Cheadle’s directorial debut and star turn as influential jazz man Miles Davis in Miles Ahead 2015. Purple Rain 1984 also tribute to the recently departed legend, Prince.

‘Get What You Want’ explores the impulses that drive performers and audiences in pursuit of great musical experiences. The program gives audiences insights into the creative and social dynamics that operate across musical subcultures.

The rarely screened underground documentary All Ears: A Glimpse into the Los Angeles Beat Community 2013 examines the influence of producers J Dilla and Madlib on the scene that coalesced around LA’s Low End Theory nightclub in the mid 2000s. It screens with Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records 2013, which celebrates the eclectic LA record label, ahead of a 20th anniversary celebration of Stones Throw featuring founder Peanut Butter Wolf, J. Rocc and Egyptian Lover at the Brisbane Festival Aurora Spiegeltent on 8 September.

‘Get What You Want’ also features the harrowing manufacture of a K-Pop girl group in Nine Muses of Star Empire 2012, one man’s near-impossible mission to unite all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan on stage for their last concert in Rock the Bells 2006, and Penelope Spheeris’ chaotic portrait of the early 1980s LA punk scene The Decline of Western Civilization 1981.

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‘Get What You Want’ is presented in partnership with Brisbane Festival
Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA
2 September to 2 October 2016
Cinema tickets: adults $10.50, concession $8.50 and Gallery members $7.50.
A five-film discount is available at the Cinémathèque Box Office.

The Decline of Western Civilisation 1981
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains 1982
Purple Rain 1984
The Decline of Western Civilisation Part II: The Metal Years 1988
In Bed with Madonna 1991
Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music 2000
Wave Twisters 2001
Maestro 2003
DIG! 2004
Awesome; I… Shot That! 2006
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing 2006
Rock the Bells 2006
Anvil: The Story of Anvil 2008
The Carter 2009
Nine Muses of Star Empire 2012
Charles Bradley: Soul of America 2012
Death Metal Angola 2012
Marley 2012
All Ears: A Glimpse into the Los Angeles Beat Community 2013
The Punk Singer 2013
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013
Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records 2013
20,000 Days on Earth 2014
Shake the Dust 2014
Cobain: Montage of Heck 2015
Amy 2015
Strike a Pose 2016
Miles Ahead 2016

As part of the Brisbane Festival see two fairy tale adaptations of Snow White. Join acclaimed pianist Mauro Colombis as he accompanies the silent film Snow White 1916 followed by the screening of Disney’s iconic feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937.

Australian Cinémathèque
GOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image and offers a rare opportunity to see films presented on the big screen as they were intended, and features many 35mm prints sourced from film archives around the world and screened in one of Australia’s last 35mm film venues.