Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival

D.A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop: 50 Years on from the Monterey International Pop Festival

Held fifty years ago this month on the virtual solstice of the Summer of Love, the Monterey International Pop Festival was a dazzling counterculture coming-out party. Its infectious good vibes and series of revelatory performances that soon passed into rock ’n’ roll legend were captured by documentarian D. A. Pennebaker, fresh off the release of…

By Rick Ouellette
Todd Who? Todd Lundgren

Interviewing Gavin Bond: Todd Who? Todd Rundgren!

Ahead of the premiere screening of his new film, Todd Who?, at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, I sat down with filmmaker and film critic Gavin Bond to discuss two things. Firstly, I wanted to know what inspired his love of cinema. And secondly, I wanted to know more about how his life-long obsession with…

By James Curnow
Labyrinth

David Bowie: Remembering The Man Who Fell to Earth

With the passing of the artistic behemoth that was David Bowie, I thought I’d take a moment to remember some of his finest work as an actor. Bowie did not perform in a huge number of films, but when he did he usually made it count. His slight frame, compelling face, effeminate nature, and tremendous…

By James Curnow
Jimi: all is by my side

Jimi: All is by My Side

On paper it sounds like a great idea – a Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre Benjamin, one of the members of hip-hop group, OutKast. And having avoided any of the talk around the film, it was one I’d been looking forward to for some time. Unfortunately, Benjamin’s generally convincing performance isn’t enough to save Jimi: All…

By James Curnow
Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley and the movies: Watching ‘The King’ at work

I never gave Elvis Presley much thought until the Christmas of 1961, when my older sister broke down in tears after opening the Blue Hawaii soundtrack album. I got a pair of bongos that same morning, and played along on them to the record. I had seen Elvis the previous year in the western Flaming…

By Bill White