Picturehouse Music Film Festival @ Band On The Wall

Band On The WallThe start of a new year is a time of promise and hope but for some, it means lack of cash and an anti-climax from all the festivities. Band On The Wall’s free, three-day screening of music documentaries and films should provide some respite for music lovers feeling the January

There are a total of 17 productions being shown, including the award-winning  ‘Control’, Anton Corbijn’s biography of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. Here are Gone Out’s picks.

Wild Style (15), 6.30pm, 02.01

This 1980s documentary refers to a style of graffiti art made famous by the New York subway cars it was sprayed on. Featuring the likes of Fab Five Freddy, the Rock Steady Crew and Grandmaster Flash, it’s the epitome of early hip-hop culture according to The Guardian.

Buena Vista Social Club (unrated), 1.30pm, 03.01

The Oscar-nominated film follows how guitarist Ry Cooder brought together a group of Cuban musicians to record an album and a perform in the US. The tense political relations between the countries provide a interesting backdrop to a film that introduced the world to new talent.

The Making Of West Side Story (unrated), 5pm, 04.01

I’m already taken with Bob Fosse’s choreography and this 1950s musical’s most famous songs ‘America’ and ‘Maria’. A must for anyone that is intrigued and inspired by one of most highly regarded musicals of all time.

Find out more at the Band On The Wall website.

Free, 1.30 pm onwards, Wednesday 2nd January to Friday 4th January, Picturehouse Café Bar, Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ

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