Irish Film Institute -Rock ‘n’ Roll Season

Rock ‘n’ Roll Season


IFI Press Release – Feb 21st 2014

Closing the 3 month Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Season, the IFI unveils its Rock’n’Roll programme for March, a great selection of vintage music films featuring The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Bob Dylan and Jimmy Cliff as well special previews of upcoming releases featuring Kathleen Hanna and Willis Earl Beal.

Since teddy boys ripped up cinema seats while Rock Around the Clock played over the credits for Blackboard Jungle there’s been a tension between film and rock ’n’ roll. But if you manage to crowd-surf over the titans of pop who’ve come a cropper when they’ve tried to act and the endless hagiographic documentaries that disappointed even the most ardent fans you’ll eventually land at a mosh pit of films that release the potential that melding rock ’n’ roll and cinema together always promised. March at the IFI is all about showcasing a selection of those gems, both classic and as-yet-unreleased.

It’s going to be a big year for music films at the IFI and this season has special previews of three of best music new releases that are coming down the tracks. It’s rare that you find a singer as smart, articulate and endearing as Kathleen Hanna (of bands The Julie Ruin, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) but fortunately Sini Anderson’s portrait The Punk Singer (March 28th, 20.30) captures all those qualities and bears witness to her as an amazing performer as well – she’s a true original. A hit at Sundance, the Irish Premiere of Tim Sutton’s Memphis (March 25th, 18.30) shows mesmerising genre-hopping musician and artist Willis Earl Beal make his acting debut. And capturing the defiant spirit of youthful rock ‘n’ roll dreams, Lukas Moodyson’s Stockholm-based graphic novel adaptation We Are the Best! (March 29th, 18.30) completes this exciting trio of sneak peeks.

In the revolutionary year of 1968 The Rolling Stones were at a pivotal moment in their existence, at the height of their fame but about to say goodbye to Brian Jones, and Jean-Luc Godard was entering his most heavily political phase so it’s no surprise that their collaboration on Sympathy for the Devil (March 4th, 18.30) is one of the most interesting rock ’n’ roll films of the decade with fascinating footage of Jagger and Richards reworking and refining one of their greatest songs. Yet Sympathy for the Devil is just one example of The Rolling Stones’ extensive and rich filmography which will also be explored in a special illustrated talk earlier the same day (March 4th, 16.00) by Adrian Wootton, film critic and CEO of Film London, who is internationally renowned for his film talks presentations. A must-see event for Dublin’s many Stones fans.

Other season highlights include special guest, writer and Saint Etienne musician Bob Stanley, who will introduce to This is Elvis (March 8th, 16.00); Jimmy Cliff in a thrilling performance in The Harder They Come (March 12th, 18.15), a raw reggae epic of dreams, disappointment, and revenge; Derek Jarman’s glorious look at London punk Jubilee (March 17th, 18.30); and arguably the most influential of all rock ’n’ roll documentaries, Bob Dylan on the cusp of going electric in D.A Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back (March 15th, 16.00), introduced by journalist Dave Fanning

For full details of the Rock ’n’ Roll Season visit

Tickets are available now at the IFI Box Office, by phone on 01 679 5744 or online at

For more media information, images and interview requests with IFI Programmer Michael Hayden and guests please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744 or email

Full Schedule for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll – Part Three: Rock ’n’ Roll

The Rolling Stones on Film 1963-2005: An Illustrated Talk by Adrian Wootton March 4th16.00

Sympathy for the Devil March 4th 18.30

This is Elvis (introduced by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley) March 8th 16.00

Expresso Bongo March 9th16.00

The Harder They Come March 12th 18.15

Don’t Look Back March 15th16.00

Jubilee March 17th 18.30

Special Preview: Memphis March 25th 18.30

Special Preview: The Punk Singer March 28th 20.30

Special Preview: We are the Best! March 29th 18.30

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.




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