First up, I’d like to make a correction for a lapse in last week’s piece. In the article titled, ‘Coming Home via Indian Ocean’, I mistakenly called the film Coming Home: The Story of Indian Ocean, when the actual title is Leaving Home: The Story of Indian Ocean. The error is regretted.
Moving on, since I talked about the Indian Ocean documentary, let me tell you about some other such efforts that have emerged in recent times.
The most recent is the first live documentary of The White Stripes titled, Under Great White Northern Lights. The film documents the band’s summer tour of Canada in 2007 and is directed by Emmet Malloy.
Filmed in incessantly grainy black and white, it does delve into color, and at times, through a Red filter to emulate the trademark ‘red’ outfits that Jack and Meg White regularly dress up in. Rockers, check this one out to see how modern music is created and executed.
Another interesting documentary that incidentally also has Jack White in it, is one called It Might Get Loud. It is the story of the electric guitar told by three icons, who have shaped their artistic lives with it. And in doing so, have shaped the lives of many musicians for the past four decades.
Up, close and personal
The other two icons, along for the ride with Jack White are, U2’s The Edge and Jimmy Page. Directed by Davis Guggenheim who gave us An Inconvenient Truth, this is a truly ‘up close and personal’ look at what it takes to be a guitar god and music leader.
In 2008, Martin Scorsese showed much love to the Rolling Stones, when he filmed two nights of their New York performances and gave us a scintillating portrait of a band that is still very much in their ‘prime’, forty years running! Mick Jagger’s energy is a sight to behold. And special guests Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy and yet again, Jack White, lend a stellar support to the already ecstatic evening. Most of you will remember last year’s Iron Maiden tour documentary, Flight 666, the first Indian commercial theatrical release of a concert film in the 21st century. (1969’s Woodstoc kwas released in Indian theatres in the late ’80s... Well, in only one theatre, actually). But yeah, Flight 666 was fun to watch and headbang to.
While still on the subject of heavy metal, check out a hard-to-get 2007 rock-umentry film called Heavy Metal in Baghdad. Directed by Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti, the film attempts to track down an Iraqi band called ‘Acrassicauda’, bang in the middle of the Iraq war. The film took over three years to make and the results are quite illuminating.
So there, your weekend viewing is sorted. There’s something for everyone... Though, maybe not the kids or the grandparents, but hey it’s the 21st century, you never know… If I may say so.