Dir. Ben Davis, 2016, UK, 74 min
Northern Disco Lights tells the untold story of a group of teenagers in the arctic city of Tromsø, who set off a chain of events that would go on to transform their country. To escape the boredom of growing up in a remote outpost they created their own music scene, setting up radio stations, parties, building synthesizers and making tunes. Word spread as like-minded souls recognised the call to arms and inspired a generation of kids who would go on to change dance music and Norway forever. Taking over 30 months to produce, the team travelled Europe to interview 67 contributors including Bryan Ferry, Bjørn Torske, Prins Thomas, DJ Strangefuit, Todd Terje, Nemone (BBC 6 Music), Mental Overdrive, Idjut Boys, Lindstrøm, Bill Brewster and many more. Over two hundred stills and videos were unearthed including exclusive unseen archives, jaw dropping drone footage and eye-popping animations and graphics. The result is a 20-year story that moves beyond the boundaries of music documentary through struggle, tragedy, inspiration, discovery and pure hedonism. The film has caught the zeitgeist of a globalized world united by music. It is screening at over 40 film and music festivals during 2016/17 visiting Oslo, London, LA, Jakarta, Tbilisi, Baku, Berlin, Glasgow, Bergen, Manchester, New York, Copenhagen, Rome, Tromsø, Moscow, Lisbon, Prague, Budapest, Gotheburg and Paris; in addition to tours in USA, UK and Germany to support a VOD release. International media response has been immense with editorial support in Dazed & Confused, BBC 6 Music, i-D, Vice, The Guardian, DJ Mag, Mixmag, Wire Mag, MOJO, GQ, Jocks & Nerds, Stamp the Wax, Klasse Kampen, Feel My Bicep and much more to come.