Music documentaries at Kosmorama in collaboration with Rockheim

We’re proud to present the program section Music Documentaries in collaboration with Rockheim – The National Museum of Popular Music. We’re particularly pleased with this collaboration, given that 2020 marks Rockheim’s tenth anniversary. 

Trondheim is one of Norway’s top destinations if you’re interested in music, with a number of concert scenes, exciting festivals, NTNU’s internationally acclaimed jazz program and last, but not least, lots of people who’re passionate about turning Trondheim into an even better music city.

As a homage to all who love music, we’ve put together a selection of music documentaries telling the stories of some of the most influential artists and bands of all time.

Amy (2015)

Amy is an intimate portrait of the gifted singer Amy Winehouse, directed by Asif Kapadia. Her childhood, adolescence and rise to fame are depicted through archive clips, paparazzi photographs, as well as interviews with those who were close to her. Amy’s music moved a whole generation and continues to do so. She’s often compared to celebrated artists such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald and is considered one of the U.K.’s most significant music icons of all time.

Despite her magnificent voice and eventful career, Amy struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. The documentary shows her extraordinary life from beginning to end and gives us an insight into what was going on behind the scenes. Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011, at the age of 27.

At its release in 2015, Amy soon became one of the most-seen documentaries in cinemas in the U.K. The film received critical acclaim, winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2016.

The screening will take place on Sunday the 8th of March at 7 pm in Prinsen Cinema Auditorium 8. Bjørnar Bruket, music librarian at Rockheim, will be present to introduce the film.

Please note that the film is in English, with Norwegian subtitles. The introduction will be held in Norwegian.

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Inna De Yard (2019)

Inna de Yard follows the supergroup of the same name, consisting of pioneers within the reggae genre such as Ken Boothe, Cedric Myton, Winston McAnuff and Kiddus I. In 2017, the group recorded an acoustic album together with a handful of performers from the younger generation of reggae musicians. This is a three-part documentary, focussing on the performers’ daily lives in Jamaica, the recording of the album, and the band’s subsequent tour in Europe. Reviewers call the documentary the Jamaican version of Buena Vista Social Club (1999).

Inna de Yard definitely falls into line with nostalgic retrospects of the 60s and 70s, still regarded as the golden age for Jamaican pop music. However, the documentary is more than a sentimental portrait, as it sheds light also on the people behind the music, displaying this remarkable piece of music history through their stories and memories. If you’re a fan of reggae, the film is a welcome contribution, devoting itself to giving a wholehearted portrayal of the period, while at the same time providing newcomers with insights to the genre.

The screening will take place on Friday the 6th of March at 7 pm in Prinsen Cinema Auditorium 8. Mathias Østrem, curator at Rockheim, will be present to introduce the film. 

Please note that the film is in English, with Norwegian subtitles. The introduction will be held in Norwegian.

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The Quiet One (2019)

The Quiet One is a documentary based on Bill Wyman’s private archive. Ever since his childhood years in wartime London, he’s been a notorious collector. Wyman sits on an enormous amount of photo, film, and sound material, as well as instruments and merch from his life as a former founder member and bassist in the greatest rock band of all times: The Rolling Stones. Going through the collection, he reflects on his early years with the Stones, and how the road to fame has been.

The material is fascinating and extensive, as illustrated by Keith Richards’ words: if he’s forgotten something from the past, Wyman is the guy to call.

The screening will take place on Thursday the 5th of March in Prinsen Cinema Auditorium 8. Sissel Guttormsen, Museum Director at Rockheim, will be present to introduce the film.

Please note that the film is in English, with no subtitles. The introduction will be held in Norwegian.

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White Riot (2019)

White Riot depicts the start of Rock Against Racism (RAR), a cultural movement against racism and fascism, and its initiators. The film sheds light on how the movement united youths and artists of different cultural backgrounds. It includes incredible footage, among other things, from the Carnival Against Racism in 1978 when about 100 000 people marched against racism to Victoria Park, where there was a concert with The Clash.  

The young filmmaker Rubika Shah portrays this historical period, phenomenon and movement without becoming too nostalgic. In many ways, the film is a reflection of the present, showing the parallels to current Brexit rhetoric, even though the film is first and foremost a film about activism and music of the late 1970s.

The screening will take place on Saturday the 7th of March at 7 pm in Prinsen Cinema Auditorium 8. Morten Haugdahl, curator at Rockheim, will be present to introduce the film.  

Please note that the film is in English, with no subtitles. The introduction will be held in Norwegian.

Find your tickets here.

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