Tickets on sale for Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival
This November sees the third Soundtrack festival kicking off in Cardiff, with organisers confident they have lined up the best combination of screenings, talks and music events yet.
Those disappointed to see the event take a brief hiatus in 2010 will be relieved to know tickets went on sale yesterday, Monday 17 October, as the final programme line-up was announced.
The festival is all about celebrating the relationship between music and the moving image through live gigs, film viewings and conversations with industry experts.
Highlights include a performance by the Guillemots, nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music prize. The band will be at the Coal Exchange on 18 November to improvise a live score to a film, the title of which the festival is currently keeping tight-lipped about.
Suzanne Alizart, interim chief executive at the Film Agency for Wales, which fund the festival, said: "This is a flagship event for the Film Agency, which has demonstrated from its first outing its commitment to internationally renowned film and music talent, spotlighting Wales to the world.
"This year's programme once again reflects our ability to attract major names in the film and music world, with more film previews than ever before and an expansion into Newport for the first time."
Things kick off on 16 November with a screening of Steve McQueen's Shame starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender. Set in New York, the film explores Brandon's (Fassbender) sex addiction as his control over his life slips through his fingers when his sister Sissy (Mulligan) turns up to stay with him out of the blue. Its score is described as "powerful" by Soundtrack organisers and features big New York names like Blondie, Tom Tom Club, John Coltrane and Chic.
The stunning music of José González (the man who brought the world the rousing Heartbeats and Crosses on his début Veneer album) marks the subject of the second film, this time being screened free of charge in Newport at the film
The documentary is an observational portrait of an eccentric genius. Places are limited so viewers will need to email Newport@soundtrackfilmfestival.com to secure a seat. There is also another screening on 18 November at Chapter Arts Centre with a Q&A with director Fredrik Egerstrand.
The darker undercurrents of the Black Metal genre and accompanying culture will be explored with a screening of Until The Light Takes Us - a documentary looking at the origins of the music and how its anti-Christian leanings have been sensationalised in the mainstream
The free event, also at Newport Film School, will see a simultaneous performance from Norwegian Black Metal heroes Dimmu Borgir in Cardiff University on 17 November.
Billed as the pick of the festival is a screening of the independent film Bellflower, directed by Evan Glodell, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival & SXSW Film Festival 2011. It's about two friends obsessed with Mad Max who build flame-throwers and cars preparing for an imagined world apocalypse. Due to its limited budget the film couldn't stretch to the necessary insurance or permits, so is in many places, just as dangerous as it looks.
Stanley Kubrick's chilling A Clockwork Orange celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and the festival is marking this with a screening, an exclusive exhibition of documents from the Stanley Kubrick Archive and a discussion panel with guests from the BBFC and the Archive.
The demise of the independent record shop and the strength of feeling that keeps the dwindling few from dying out all together, form the subject matter of documentary Sound It Out, which is being presented in association with Cardiff's Spillers Records.
The film focuses on the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside and how its customers ensure it continues to thrive. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jeanie Finlay and Spillers Records' Ashli Todd. Those wearing a Spillers Record T shirt to the event will get a discount on entry.
Don Letts' 2005 film Punk Attitude, about the evolution of punk with interviews from key figures, also features in the line-up and will be coupled with an In Conversation event with the Grammy award winning Letts about his career.
Letts is famous for chronicling the Punk scene and has produced more than 300 music videos for artists such as Bob Marley, Elvis Costello and The Clash, along with films of artists such as The Jam and Gil Scott-Heron. He will also talk about the influences of punk and that iconic photograph of him standing up to police during the Notting Hill riots, chosen by The Clash as the cover of Black Market Clash.
Soundtrack also welcomes comedian Adam Buxton (of Adam and Joe fame), who will bring his extremely popular show Bug: The Evolution of Music Video to Cardiff for the first time. The event enjoyed five sold out nights at the Edinburgh Festival and has attracted something of a cult following. It showcases new music videos by everyone from those working with zero budgets to household names and explores how the digital era has provided a new democracy for the genre.
The festival closes with Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes' directorial début of the Shakespearean tragedy.
Ralph Fiennes in Coriolanus
Fiennes is unashamed in drawing parallels between the ancient themes of power and politics and the modern era and also stars as the protagonist, a legendary battle leader more at home on the fields of war than in the realm of the consul of Rome. It is accompanied by a score from Ivor Novello and BAFTA nominated composer Ilan Eshkeri.