Led Zeppelin Documentary Film To Premiere At Venice Film Festival
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 24: Jimmy Page of the rock band 'Led Zeppelin' performs onstage at the Forum on March 24, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Set To Premiere Next Month
Led Zeppelin documentary ‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’ has just been added to the lineup at Venice Film Festival. Premiering next month, the said event will run from September 1-11.
Directed by Bernard MacMahon, the highly anticipated film was recently completed and will screen out of competition. It was co-written and produced by Allison McGourty, and features new interviews with surviving members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant, and rare archival interviews with the late John Bonham.
The band granted MacMahon “unprecedented access”, and it’s the only time they participated in a documentary in five decades.
“With Becoming Led Zeppelin my goal was to make a documentary that looks and feels like a musical,” MacMahon said in a press release. “I wanted to weave together the four diverse stories of the band members before and after they formed their group with large sections of their story advanced using only music and imagery and to contextualise the music with the locations where it was created and the world events that inspired it.”
“I used only original prints and negatives, with over 70,000 frames of footage manually restored,” he continued, “and devised fantasia sequences, inspired by Singin’ In The Rain, layering unseen performance footage with montages of posters, tickets and travel to create a visual sense of the freneticism of their early career.”
They’re yet to announce a wide release date.