still from The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, GB 1976)
still from The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, GB 1976)

Films, talks & events

Eye on Sound: POP!

still from Juice (Ernest Dickerson, US 1992)
still from Juice (Ernest Dickerson, US 1992)

Whether it’s rock ’n roll, soul, pop, punk, rock or rap: pop and film have been close companions for decades. Jailhouse Rock, Pulp Fiction, Do the Right Thing or 24 Hour Party People: music carries a film, films pick their own music. High time to celebrate this warm and multifaceted embrace at Eye.

Rapper Tupac Shakur, pop legend David Bowie and singer-songwriter Björk: what do they have in common and what’s their connection with Eye? Discover it in Eye on Sound: POP!, a programme on the close bond between pop music and film. With feature films, documentaries, live performances and talk shows.

still from Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, US 1987)
still from Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, US 1987)
still from True Stories (David Byrne, US 1986)
still from True Stories (David Byrne, US 1986)

Pop stars shine as actors and write soundtracks that give films an unforgettable status. Film directors make ground-breaking music documentaries, video clips and concert films.

Quentin Tarantino even said he is just as proud of his "discography" as his "filmography". And for Martin Scorsese, director of The Last Waltz and Shine a Light, pop music is nothing short of "the soundtrack of my life."

still from Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch, US 1999)
still from Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch, US 1999)
still from Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, GB/US 1998)
still from Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, GB/US 1998)

This autumn, Eye will screen fourteen films in which the role of pop music is undisputed. The list includes classics such as Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, 1987) and 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, 2002), as well as lesser-known masterpieces such as True Stories (1986) by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, 1998), about 1970s British glam rock.

One title will premiere during this programme: Rubika Shah's White Riot (2020), a documentary about the political movement Rock Against Racism, which culminated in the music festival of the same name.

still from White Riot (Rubika Shah, GB 2019)
still from White Riot (Rubika Shah, GB 2019)

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