Inspiring people
Great music
Awesome stories

Experience some of the world’s best music reimagined on film. Stunning projection accompanies the crisp sounds at the newly-restored, historic Warkworth Town Hall from the 1st to the 3rd of June 2018 making up New Zealand’s music documentary film festival, Sounds on Screen.

Not only do you get a great experience, but you also contribute to the Warkworth Town Hall as proceeds from the festival are part of a fundraiser for the Hall.

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Friday 1 June

530pm

ROCKSTEADY - THE ROOTS OF REGGAE (2009)

90 Min. -  SWI/CAN -  PG

Directed by Satascha Bader

Hopeton Lewis, Stranger Cole, Ken Boothe, and many others trace the genre's roots to the mid-'60s - an era when Jamaican ska began to give way to rocksteady - and offer insights about the music's cultural and political impact through the ages.

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NZ Premiere

8pm

JOE COCKER - MAD DOG WITH SOUL (2017)

90 Min. -  UK -  NR

Directed by John Edington

As a former gas fitter who spent six years playing in Sheffield pubs, Joe Cocker then catapulted to a world of stardom following a spectacular appearance at Woodstock in 1969. This film explores the inner anguish which ironically caused his voice to sound so unique.

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Saturday 2 June

Matinee

1030am

THE SOUND OF HER GUITAR (2016)

72 Min. -  NZ/USA -  NR

Directed by Bill Morris

The inspiring story of how New Zealand musician Donna Dean broke a familial cycle of domestic abuse and addiction to become one of the country's best songwriters.

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3pm

MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT (2009)

111 Min. -  USA -  PG

Directed by Kenny Ortega

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

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530pm

20 FEET FROM STARDOM (2013)

91 Min. -  USA -  M

Directed by Morgan Neville

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. This compelling oscar-winning documentary shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

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8pm

FESTIVAL EXPRESS (2003)

90 Min. -  USA -  PG

Directed by Bob Smeaton

Festival Express is a spellbinding documentary that nostalgically chronicles five days in the summer of 1970, when a train full of now- legendary rock performers jammed its way across Canada.

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Sunday 3 June

Matinee - Sounds OFF screen

1030am

SHERLOCK JR. (1924) & Shorts

45 Min. -  USA -  PG

Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman

Always in the top 3 of any ‘best silent movie list’, brilliantly filmed and fuelled with classic physical comedy, ‘Sherlock Jr.’ captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best. Accompaigned live on piano by local artist Annette Smith.

Before the main feature we show the winning contributions from New Zealand Regionals of the International Youth Silent Film Festival.

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NZ Premiere

3pm

DIE WIESENBERGER - NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOWBUSINESS (2012)

90 Min. -  SWI -  NR

Directed by Bernhard Weber

For 20 years the mountain farmers from the Wiesenberg had the same rituals. They would sing together once a week and perform for weddings and anniversaries. But heir CD's win double gold and they are submerged by concert offers. And now they're even supposed to perform at the World Expo in Shanghai. The tempting offer becomes a real challenge for these amateurs.

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530pm

GENGHIS BLUES (2000)

88 Min. -  USA -  M

Directed by Roko Belic

At once whimsical and profound, Genghis Blues chronicles the journey of blind blues legend Paul Pena as he discovers the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and participates in the national competition. This documentary is a testament to the transformative powers of music.

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8pm

PRICE - SIGN 'O' THE TIMES (1989)

85 Min. -  USA -  M

Directed by Prince

Sign 'O' The Times is Prince at his commercial and critical peak, a life-affirming playground of music and sex. It is also Prince at his friendliest... a sad reminder of how much music lost when Prince Rogers Nelson took the ladder to the erotic city in the sky.

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