ACMI Announces ‘Jim Jarmusch: Rock N Roll’ Film Retrospective

gimme-danger-posterTo celebrate the release of Jim Jarmusch’s new documentary Gimme Danger, ACMI are going all out for the film maker and presenting a catalogue of his works that are heavily influenced by rock n’roll. The only glaring omission for my money is Only Lovers Left Alive! Check out the press release below!


ACMI is thrilled announce that this summer, it will present a spotlight on Jim Jarmusch – one of the most essential independent filmmakers alive today – with its season, Jim Jarmusch: Rock N Roll kicking off on 27 December.

The program will feature his latest music documentary Gimme Danger, a wild, funny, heartfelt love letter to The Stooges, as well as four of his cult classics that show the director’s affinity with making Rock n Roll front-men his leading men. These films capture his long-term creative relationship with music luminaries such as Iggy Pop,Tom Waits, Joe Strummer and Screaming Jay Hawkins. Revisit these seminal films or delve in to the Jarmusch world for the first time with classics such as  – Dead Man, Coffee & Cigarettes, Mystery Train and Down by Law – which will all screen in stunning 35mm prints.

Taking centre stage in this film season is Gimme Danger.  Premiering at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Jarmusch collaborates with Iggy Pop to chronicle The Stooges story, their inspiration and enduring legacy. Emerging from the counterculture revolution of the late 1960’s, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, they planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. With never-before-seen footage and photographs, Gimme Danger, like The Stooges and their music, is a little wild, messy, emotional, funny, primitive, and sophisticated in the most unrefined way.

Take a trip with the mesmerizing Dead Man. Signaling a career turning point for Jarmusch, this epic Western follows William Blake (Johnny Depp) on a physical and spiritual odyssey through America’s wild frontier country, where he encounters characters such as the irrepressible Iggy Pop as a cross-dressing fur trader. Boasting Neil Young’s immersive score and Robert Muller’s stunning black-and-white photography, Dead Man is an unmissable big screen experience.

Join an eclectic mix of characters who smoke, drink coffee and offer medical advice to Bill Murray in Coffee & Cigarettes. Shot over many years, with stars playing fictionalized version of themselves, Coffee & Cigarettes is a collection of hilarious short stories, tall tales and brief encounters – stunningly shot in black and white – featuring stellar performances from a cast including GZA and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan,, Cate Blanchett, Tom Waits, and Iggy Pop.

Sure to deliver the laughs, Mystery Trains sees three comedic tales run concurrently in a dilapidated Memphis hotel haunted by the spirit of Elvis. Featuring an inspired cast including Tom Waits, Joe Strummer and Steve Buscemi, Mystery Train affirms Jarmusch’s talent for the absurd and the undeniably hip.

And finally, the hilarious jailhouse comedy starring Tom Waits, John Lurie and Roberto Benigni Down by Law, which caps off the films in the season. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-beat-noir-comedy” Down by Law, pit thoroughly cool musicians Tom Waits and John Lurie against the cross-cultural clowning of Roberto Benigni in this comedy set to the Louisiana bayou.

Screening from 27 December, Jim Jarmusch: Rock N Roll will give audiences – both familiar with Jarmusch’s work and those exploring for the first time – a chance to delve into the works of the innovative acclaimed director.


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