SCREENING: 05 November 2017 at 15:00




Dir. Emma Franz, Australia, 2017, 116mins

UK PREMIERE + Director Q&A

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A character portrait of anti-archetype guitar hero Bill Frisell, this nuanced film traces the ideas and processes that shaped his music and provides rare insight into the mind and personality of one of the significant musicians of recent decades. Full of live music, revealing stories and intimate access to the normally reclusive Frisell, his collaborations are followed from development to fruition, including the last-ever performance of the Paul Motian Trio with Frisell and Joe Lovano. The film also features contributions from Bonnie Raitt, Hal Willner, Paul Simon, Nels Cline, Joey Baron, Jim Hall, Jason Moran, Mike Gibbs, John Zorn, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter and John Abercrombie.

Frisell is widely credited with being one of the greatest influences on guitarists and the changing palette of guitar in the past few decades. A unique and masterful musician, prolific composer and bandleader, a Grammy Award winner and Downbeat Guitarist of the Year for 10 consecutive years, Frisell is recipient of countless accolades from critics and fans from all genres of music and corners of the globe. In a career that has spanned hundreds of albums, with 45 long-players in his own name, Frisell has combined sonic mastery with jazz, country, folk, rock, blues, pop, avant-garde and more, while always maintaining a uniquely identifiable sound.

“Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals.” – The New Yorker

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