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UPP Friday Film Club - 26 Jun

Posted: Fri 26 Jun

UPP Friday Film Club - 26 Jun

How many of you would have been at Glastonbury this weekend? Alongside the BBC’s coverage from previous years, this week’s UPP Friday Film Club looks at some of our favourite music documentaries available to stream from the safety of your sofa. No need for suncream, but a nice cold cider wouldn't go amiss!

AMY (All4)

First up is Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning documentary about the life of north London singer Amy Winehouse. An incredibly moving portrait of a young star whose incredible talent often become lost in the media spotlight. Amy is available on All4 for two-weeks.

"A star is born — all over again. Asif Kapadia’s documentary study of the great British soul queen Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, is stunningly moving and powerful: intimate, passionate, often shocking, and almost mesmerically absorbing." ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

AMAZING GRACE (Amazon Prime)

One of the best films from last year and arguably one of the best concert films of all time. Amazing Grace shows one of the greatest singers in pop music history giving a soul-stirring performance of stunning intimacy and power. The energy on display in Sydney Pollack’s newly restored documentary is virtually palpable. Available to watch on Amazon Prime.

"Euphoric is the only word for it. Aretha’s voice has been piped down from the heavens. Surely the new gold standard of filmed music concerts?" ★★★★★ David Jenkins, Little White Lies.


OK, this one might actually be the best concert film of all time. In 1983 Jonathan Demme filmed New York post-punks Talking Heads at the absolute height of their powers. Beginning with David Byrne, a guitar, and a boombox, the scale and greatness of the performance grows as the show develops. Byrne’s big, billowing suit only confirms the film's iconic status. Stop Making Sense is available to watch on BFI Player.

"Byrne emerges as a spellbinding frontman. This plus his bands’ infectious enthusiasm and Demme’s sleight of hand make this just about the best concert film ever made." ★★★★★ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine


Lastly, a look at the life of one of music’s most intriguing voices - musically and politically. What Happened, Miss Simone? examines the music and turbulent life of the brilliantly irascible musical genius Nina Simone. Now streaming on Netflix.

"We may now have jarring insights into the mother, the activist and the tortured soul at the root of Simone's career, but it's the legendary songstress who ultimately shines through." ★★★★ Anisha Jhaveri, IndieWire

There we have it for another week. What’s your favourite music documentary? Any hidden gems out there you think we should check out? Join in on the conversation around this week's choices on all the UPP's social media platforms.

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