Smells like music cinema


Last Friday Peter McKay was guest DJ on 4ZZZ’s Friday Neon to play some classic songs that inspired Get What You Want: Music Cinema – the current film program at QAGOMA.

Check out his ten songs and their matching sessions now showing at the Australian Cinémathèque.

01 | Bob Marley | Soul Shakedown Party

Watch Marley 2012 M 2.45pm Sunday 11 September | BUY TICKETS

Bob Marley’s humble life and inspirational character is honoured in this superb account of the reggae legend, as told by his family and friends in new interviews spliced together with invaluable archival footage.  Poorly understood by the mainstream, this documentary succeeds in outlining the principles, aesthetic lineage and personal magnetism of this great innovator.


02 | Amy Winehouse | Help Yourself

Watch Amy 2015 MA 15+ 8pm Wednesday 14 September | BUY TICKETS

Amy is a detailed and sympathetic study of the charisma, controversy and talent that drove the late superstar Amy Winehouse. Filled with archival footage that reveals the brutal scrutiny that celebrities are subject to nowadays, the film is layered with Winehouse’s own feelings on her success and struggles.

03 | Nirvana | Smells Like Teen Spirit

Watch Cobain: Montage of Heck 2015 MA 15+ 8pm Friday 9 September and 2.30pm Saturday 17 September | BUY TICKETS

Independent yet insecure, restless and fatigued – Kurt Cobain and his creative output was propelled by a mass of contradictions. Montage of Heck shows a driven and enthusiastic young Cobain that slowly came undone as his experiences turned into internalised suffering. Issues with family, drugs and depression shaped his potent and personal sensibility — yet ultimately his story of success wreaks misfortune and neglect.

04 | Brian Jonestown Massacre | Going to Hell

Watch DIG! 2004 MA 15+ 1pm Saturday 24 September | BUY TICKETS

DIG! follows the development and rivalry of the immensely creative yet self-destructive Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the more professional Dandy Warhols.  A classic tale of success and dysfunction unfolds as one band becomes an international sensation, while the other is revered but marginalised.

05 | Bikini Kill | Rebel Girl

Watch The Punk Singer 2013 M 6pm Friday 30 September | BUY TICKETS

The Punk Singer chronicles the development of Bikini Kill vocalist Kathleen Hanna: her artistry, fight against sexism and misrepresentation in the media, and her personal life. Looking through all the career success and struggles, ultimately this film is a valuable document about an enduring courage and commitment to principle.

06 | WuTang | C.R.E.A.M.

Watch Rock the bells 2006 MA 15+ 7.45pm Friday 23 September | BUY TICKETS

Rock the Bells is an eye-widening backstage drama following the ultimate Wu-Tang fan and his attempt to reunite the clan for the first Rock the Bells festival concert. Pressure mounts until this dreamer is confronted by an explosive crowd of tens of thousands waiting impatiently for him to deliver the next to impossible.

07 | J Dilla | Donuts

Watch Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records 2013 15+ 7pm Wednesday 21 September | BUY TICKETS

This portrait of one of the most respected labels in hip-hop music, and its inimitable founder Peanut Butter Wolf, is a great primer in the dynamics of the independent music scene. Includes interviews with Common, Kanye West, Dâm-Funk, Questlove, Talib Kweli and Madlib about their respect for Stones Throw Records.

08 | Charles Bradley | Strictly Reserved For You

Watch Charles Bradley: Soul of America 2012 PG 1pm Saturday 10 September | BUY TICKETS

Soul of America tells the heart-rending story of Charles Bradley’s career transition from struggling James Brown impersonator to world-famous contemporary soul singer. With a debut album listed in Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2011, Bradley’s performances are electrifying — fuelled by a lifetime of struggle that has been held together by an abiding belief in music.

09 | Beastie Boys | Sabotage (live in Glasgow)

Watch Awesome; I … Shot That! 2006 M 6pm Friday 23 September | BUY TICKETS

One of the most innovative concert films of recent years, Awesome; I… Shot That!  dexterously weaves together the experiences of 50 audience goers armed with consumer camcorders by the Beastie Boys for a sold-out Madison Square Garden  performance in 2004.

10 | Prince | Diamonds and Pearls

Watch Purple Rain 1984 M 1pm Sunday 25 September | BUY TICKETS

In his debut feature Prince played a troubled, talented and seductive young musician struggling to keep his romantic life, band and family together. Riding his guitar like it was his screaming motorcycle on wet city streets, Prince’s chart-topping soundtrack pushes the groove with a restless tension throughout — the way that only he could.