GIFT
1993, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Perry Farrell, Casey Niccoli

Jane's Addiction singer and lyricist Perry Farrell directed this surrealistic blend of live footage of the band and fictional vignettes veering from the comic to the nightmarish. An outstanding soundtrack (including not only Jane's Addiction classics like "Been Caught Stealing" but a Sly and the Family Stone cover on which the band is joined by Ice-T) merges with hallucinatory visuals to create a one-of-a-kind cult movie experience. The film garnered an underground reputation on VHS in the ’90s before falling out of print - don't miss the chance to see it on the big screen!


ALMOST FAMOUS
2000, Paramount, 122 min, USA, Dir: Cameron Crowe

Writer-director Cameron Crowe drew on his own memories as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone to create this incandescent coming-of-age tale (and earn a Best Original Screenplay Oscar). Despite worries from his mother (Frances McDormand), aspiring rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) lands a plum assignment covering the band Stillwater. On tour, he befriends groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) and – against the advice of rock critic mentor Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) – Stillwater’s guitarist (Billy Crudup).


ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
2007, Sony Repertory, 133 min, USA/UK, Dir: Julie Taymor

Acclaimed director Julie Taymor adapts The Beatles songbook as a romance set in the 1960s. Liverpool dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) travels to America in search of his estranged father and meets the privileged Lucy Carrigan (Evan Rachel Wood); as anti-war protests, music and drugs swirl around them, the two fall in love. More than 30 Beatles songs are heard in this joyous and visually dazzling rock musical, whose story of young people finding their way in a turbulent world remains universal.


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