The showgirl, the jazzman, the spy, the ventriloquist. Every family has a story, but not quite like this one. You Only Live Twice - The Incredibly True Story of the Hughes Family takes us on an intimate, whirlwind journey through the ages, revealing the complexities and duality inherent within this prodigiously talented and eccentric clan who've pursued their passions on the world stage.
HITRECORD on TV is a re-imagination of the variety show from director/creator/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who turns the spotlight on the countless artists from his global open-source online community - hitRECord - to create short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation and more! Each episode focuses on a different theme as Joe invites and encourages anybody with an Internet connection to join him and contribute.
Melbourne's Tivoli Theatre was a landmark in children's entertainment until it was closed in 2012. Meet the eccentric couple who fought the greedy property developers that threatened their magical world, in a battle to remain open.
From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and above all ordinary people, this is the story of London's immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever.
This is a feature-length music film and artistic statement on the globalisation of warfare in the 21st century. Shot in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Uganda, it uses the powerful juxtaposition of documentary and music to explore warfare in the 21st century.
Hosted by James Corden, the Tony Awards honours theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway and this year it will broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The awards ceremony will include musical performances and celebrity presenters.
Brian de Palma's insightful sature on the 1970s rock world. Swan is a powerful and mysterious impresario who both steals a rock cantata from Winslow Leach and frames him for a crime he didn't commit. Now with a desire for vengeance, Winslow plots revenge and haunts the Paradise, Swan's lavish new rock club.
Fans loved it, Metallica and Dr Dre vowed to destroy it, and after three years plundering the catalogues of the music behemoths, Napster was bankrupt. But the story of the toll it took can only be told now. Napster's rocketing rise to global fame and its spectacular crash in the largest corporate lawsuit in history is chronicled in this insightful and fascinating documentary. Featuring past and present interviews with Fanning and Parker, as well as musicians Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, Beastie Boy Mike D and more, we reflect on the media circus surrounding music piracy's bloody birth.
Two of the most notorious unsolved cases in the history of American crime - the murders of renowned rap stars Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls - have been the subject of exhaustive investigations, relentless speculation, and a web of conspiracy theories and dark secrets. Featuring interviews with lead detective Greg Kading, witnesses, and information sourced from hundreds of police case files and taped confessions never before shown on film.
US hip hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. What Sony didn't know was the pair were Scottish students, with fake accents and made up identities. A film about faking it in the desperate pursuit of fame.
Ivanhoe is a poor Jamaican man who lands a job as a reggae singer. Upon the verge of a hit record, he discovers the only way he can get a hit record is by signing away the rights and he turns to a life of crime and violence.
Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt introduces HITRECORD On TV's episode SPACE with an animated short film about a boy who can fly above it all, and features a visit to SpaceX, a transportation company that's trying to send humans to Mars.
In 1967, four unknown actors in a kids' TV show became the biggest pop band in the world. In America, they outsold Elvis and The Beatles combined. They were The Monkees. With their anarchic TV show and contagious pop songs they attracted a cult following that survives to this day. The Monkees were no ordinary band: they are credited as being the industry's first manufactured pop group. Behind the sugary smiles and bubblegum pop songs lay a cut-throat business enterprise fuelled by money, ego and the ambition of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. A business enterprise that, ultimately, was to end in tears. This program charts the rise and fall of this unlikely pop group, telling the inside story of four young men who were hand-picked to become overnight superstars, melting the hearts of teenyboppers around the globe and earning their creators huge record sales.
In this episode all about 'The Other Side' Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the hitRECord community show us the other side of arguments, relationships, celebrity and death. It features the macabre song about death called Adieu and a short film about the many sides of a story.
What better way to kick off HITRECORD ON TV's episode on 'fantasy' than with a big old fashioned musical number? Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt and guest Tony Danza lead a fanciful kick line to celebrate this week's fantastical theme. The episode continues with an exploration into the neuroscience of fantasy and includes an animated musical twist on the familiar fairy tale, 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Two talented creatives from different fields come together to discuss their work. In this episode we meet singer, composer and actor Eddie Perfect, and award-winning poet, spoken word artist and writer Maxine Beneba Clarke.
Hurricane Katrina triggered the worst urban disaster in modern US history, threatening to wash away the birthplace of some of America's most influential music. The inadequate relief laid bare the deep racial and social divisions that had troubled New Orleans long before the storm. International artists such as U2, Kanye West, Green Day and Mary J Blige joined local musicians like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in benefit concerts and musical collaborations to help the city get back on its feet and ensure that its rich traditions would survive.
We begin in New Orleans, nineteenth century America's most cosmopolitan city, where the sound of marching bands, Italian opera, Caribbean rhythms, and minstrel shows fills the streets with a richly diverse musical culture. Here, in the 1890s, African-American musicians create a new music out of these ingredients by mixing in ragtime syncopations and the soulful feeling of the blues.
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia's colossal '70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.
In 1990, seven young male dancers joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. Twenty-five years later they reveal the truth about life after the tour. A dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line". Also investigates the history of the show & the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations.
A notorious London theatre and film impresario, playboy, gambler, bon vivant, and eccentric friend of the rich and famous, Michael White transformed Britain's cultural scene in the 1970s, producing over 200 shows and movies.
This is an unconventional journey into the life and times of Bob Dylan. From the public to the private to the fantastical, this story weaves a rich and colourful portrait of the ever-elusive and much-loved singer/songwriter.
Set in the Berlin hotspot Kit Kat Klub in 1931, a starry-eyed singer and the club's master of ceremonies try to bring happiness and decadence to the lives of Berliners as the spectre of Nazism grows around them and threatens to destroy their lives.
Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making.
Described as "the most important rock documentary of the last 20 years," Martin Scorcese's revealing film No Direction Home: Bob Dylan screens in two-parts. Drawing from hundreds of hours of unseen footage and rare recordings, in-depth interviews and revealing photographs this documentary strikes a remarkable balance - telling the story of one man's journey and at the same time placing that story within the greater canvas of human events.
Inspired by a true story, Danny Collins is an ageing rock star who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, Danny decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family and himself.
This French drama explores the often troubled life of Edith Piaf as her fame took her from the City of Light to America to the south of France. Abandoned by her mother, Piaf grew up in her grandmother's brothel and her father's circus. While singing on streets of Paris as a teen, Piaf is discovered by club owner Louis Leplee, and this chance encounter changes her life.
When the local coal mine is facing imminent closure, it could also see the demise of the village's brass band, but their leader is determined they should play on. When a beautiful young woman joins the band, the men decide to stay around and are persuaded to take part in a brass band championship where the defiant spirit of their community is reawakened.
Dirty little secrets stir up the reunion of a world-famous quartet when they get together for a one-off concert. An eccentric diva, her ex-husband, a lustful baritone, and the scatter-brained object of his desire make up a cast of vivid characters. Funny and touching, this is the story of four friends reconciled and revived by their love of applause.
Part two sees the story turn dark. At 23, Bob Dylan is already a newsworthy phenomenon, capable of filling Carnegie Hall without ever having a hit song on the radio. And with success comes expectations: expectations from the old left to become a political activist, expectations from the media to articulate the concerns of America's youth. It's a role in which Dylan is completely uninterested.
Covering the later years of legendary singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone's career, this is a story of redemption and hope. Living alone in France and feeling exiled from her own country, Simone struggles to balance music, family, and what she believes in. That is, until she meets Clifton Henderson, her nurse-turned-assistant, and a man determined to help the high priestess of soul rediscover the meaning in her life and music.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal.
A verite documentary about legendary music festival (dubbed Zaire 74), and the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, among a host of others.
Featuring visionary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and acclaimed and daring singer and songwriter Fiona Apple, who exploded on to the pop music scene in 1996 with her debut album 'Tidal' and the Grammy Award-winning 'Criminal'.
The sounds of 1950s Chicago spring to life in this musical drama based on the true story of Leonard Chess, a bar owner turned record mogul who signs a lineup of future legends to his fledgling label, Chess Records.
Sometimes we must fight in order to be free... Artifact is an award winning film by Jared Leto about the making of the Thirty Seconds to Mars album 'This Is War' and the band's battle against record label EMI.
Joe Strummer's untimely death in 2002 sent shockwaves around the music world and beyond, yet Joe's friends and family were determined that his spirit would live on. This film demonstrates how Joe's legacy is manifesting itself through a charity which helps aspiring musicians - Strummerville.
Director Scott Hicks continues his exploration of music-themed films with a new documentary. It is a story of passion, obsession and possession. A journey into a world of rarefied instruments and musicians who seek them out.
Looking at these major figures, we discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Using interviews, news archives and performances each story will reveal the unique aspect of these iconic stars.
Florian Habricht's witty, innovative documentary follows the legendary titular band (perhaps the smartest and most charismatic in all of BritPop) as they prepare to say farewell after 25 years of performances.
Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
Encourage your students to develop their musical skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music, including dynamic, pitch and rhythm with this collection. (ACAMUM080, ACAMUM084, ACAMUM088, VCAMUR020, VCAMUR024, VCAMUR028, VCAMUR032)