Music documentary

Venice Film Festival 2021 Adds ‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’ Musical Documentary – The Hollywood Reporter

Venice is ready to rock.

Recently, the Venice International Film Festival added Bernard MacMahon’s musical documentary Become Led Zeppelin to its official 2021 program.

The film, which will have its world premiere out of competition at the 78th Venice Film Festival, is presented as a preview of the legendary rock band’s debut. The documentary follows the four Led Zeppelin members – Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant – as they move through the British music scene of the 1960s, performing in small clubs until a fateful rehearsal in 1968 which changed their lives forever. The film culminated with Led Zeppelin’s American tour in 1970, where they became the number one group in the world.

“Before the stairs and the dragon, before the gold and the girls, there were just four men and their love of music,” says the film’s blurb.

MacMahon is best known for his American epic for the BBC and PBS, where he examined some of the earliest recordings of roots music in the United States and their impact on culture. The feature film version of the series won the Audience Award at the Sydney International Film Festival and its musical American Epic Sessions won the Audience Award and Discovery Award at the Calgary International Film Festival as well as a Grammy.

He co-wrote and produced Become Led Zeppelin with Allison McGourty.

“With Become Led Zeppelin my goal was to make a documentary that looks like a musical, ”MacMahnon said in a statement. “I wanted to weave together the four diverse stories of the band members before and after they formed their band with large sections of their story advanced using only music and pictures and to contextualize the music with the places where it is. was created and the world events that inspired it. I have used only original prints and negatives, with over 70,000 manually restored footage images, and designed fancy footage, inspired by Sing in the rain, layering sequences of never-before-seen performances with montages of posters, tickets and travel to create a visual sense of the frenzy of their early career.

The 2021 Venice International Film Festival will run from September 1-11.