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NZIFF 2012 cues toe-tappers

Six music-focused titles added to line-up
Half a dozen new music-focused features are announced for this year’s NZIFF in addition to the previously-announced Marley. One sneaks into the Incredibly Strange strand, the others play in the main festival lineup.

Don Argott & Demian Fenton’s Last Days Here is the Incredibly Strange selection, a profile of Pentagram frontman Bobby Leibling also described as “Gandalf on crack” (ask your parents if you’re under 40).

A couple of concert movies make the cut, Jonathan Demme’s Neil Young Journeys, their third concert film together; LCD Soundsystem’s farewell bash (“the best goddamned going away party ever“) in Will Lovelace & Dylan Southern’s Shut Up and Play the Hits; and a more poignant sort of farewell, the tribute concert for the late Canadian singer Kate McGarrigle, Lian Lunson’s Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You. Coincidentally, McGarrigle’s son Rufus Wainwright (who plays in the film) has just announced an Auckland concert in September.

The full line-up of music films is:

  • Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir and Orri Jónsson
  • Last Days Here, Don Argott, Demian Fenton
  • Marley, Kevin Macdonald
  • Neil Young Journeys, Jonathan Demme
  • Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul
  • Shut Up and Play the Hits, Will Lovelace & Dylan Southern
  • Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle , Lian Lunson
  • Songs, Eduardo Coutinho

The NZIFF opens in Auckland (19 July – 5 August); screens simultaneously in Wellington and Dunedin (27 July – August 12); then Christchurch (9 – 26 August). Further regional dates will be advised as confirmed.