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Tupac and Whitney feature in music film festival

Highlights of the Everyman Cinemas’ Music Film Festival include Sgt. Pepper documentary, biopic telling the story of rapper Tupac Shakur, and premiere of Whitney: Can I Be Me

01 June, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Whitney: Can I Be Me features in Everyman Cinemas’ Music Film Festival. Photo: David Corio

MIKE Skinner comes back to Screen on the Green for a Q&A this month as Everyman Cinemas’ Music Film Festival returns for the third year.

The former frontman of The Streets presents Don’t Call It Road Rap on June 13 as the festival takes to the big screen with a programme of special screenings, never-before-seen footage of influential musicians, live performances, Q&As and guest appearances.

Highlights include It was 50 years ago today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond, a documentary about the record described by Rolling Stone magazine as “The most important rock & roll album ever made”, and All Eyez on Me, a biopic telling the story of rapper Tupac Shakur, following him from his early days in New York City to his evolution into one of the world’s most recognised and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.

Running between June 11 and 29, the festival has grown, with screenings across the country, although the majority can be seen close to home at either Islington’s Screen on the Green, Everyman Hampstead or Baker Street.

Everyman marketing director Hoss Ghonouie said: “This year we’ve once again worked with the best new film releases that celebrate the crossover between music and film. But the challenge is always to find and curate other films and events that haven’t been seen in the UK before. That way everything we choose is always really fresh and there’s a really lively atmosphere in the venues when the festival takes place.”

He added: “It’s gotten bigger with more events around the country, but the ethos is the same – the best new films and great live performances and Q&As. Summer is a great time of year to celebrate music and the atmosphere in the venues turns into a bit of a party. For a lot of the films that we pick, it’s the first time they will be shown in the UK, so the line-up is always really fresh, and I think our guests respond to that.”

This year’s programme is as eclectic as ever with shows covering subjects as diverse as pop queen Whitney Houston, electronic dance music and controversial duo Sleaford Mods.

Hoss said: “It’s always a real mix. We are looking at great films that are coming out but also working with partners like Warchild and Noisey to find other really interesting films and live events.”

And what would he recommend?

Biopic All Eyez on Me tells the story of rapper Tupac Shakur

“All These Sleepless Nights screening with DJ Lutto Lento for fans of the dance scene, that will be a great party in Baker Street,” he said.

“Last Night In Paris at Screen on the Green – a short film from one of the most exciting new hip-hop groups out there. And some special Q&As around the new documentary about The Beatles.”

Local screenings announced so far include:

• June 11 Premiere of Whitney: Can I Be Me with satellite Q&A hosted by director Nick Broomfield and tribute performance from The Voice UK finalist, Michelle John (Everyman Hampstead). Telling Whitney Houston’s life story with insights from those closest to her.

June 13 Noisey presents world premiere of Don’t Call it Road Rap, with Q&A hosted by Mike Skinner, alongside the director and artists from the movie itself (Screen on the Green).

June 14 War Child Presents: Equal + live performance (Screen on the Green). An evening with Art Collective, Last Night In Paris. The D.I.Y. collective will be previewing their film EQUAL, followed by a live performance and a signature LNIP soiree.

June 15 All These Sleepless Nights + Q&A with director Michal Marczak and DJ set from the film score producer, Lutto Lento, one of the most innovative voices in underground electronic music (Everyman Baker Street) – an ode to the vibrancy of modern-day Warsaw, following several months in the lives of art school friends Kris and Michal.

June 18 It was 50 years ago today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond + (Everyman King’s Cross, Baker Street and live Q&A with director Alan G Parker at Everyman Muswell Hill).

June 19 V&A presents Pink Floyd: The Wall + live Q&A with exhibition curator, Victoria Broackes (Everyman Baker Street). A musical documentary examining the impact of Pink Floyd’s iconic 11th studio album The Wall.

June 20 Bunch of Kunst + live Q&A with director Christine Franz (Everyman Baker Street). Following sweary Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods on their two-year journey from bedroom recording sessions to mainstream success.

June 29 Preview of All Eyez on Me (Everyman Barnet). Telling the untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

See Everyman website for full details of all screenings.

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