This March, we have a special offer on our music and doco DVDs — two for the price of one for the whole of March!
Expand your musical horizons and get schooled up this March with this great two for one offer on issues from our extensive documentary and music DVD collections. Below you’ll find some of our favourite doco and music DVD picks to give you some ideas!
To be and to have (2002) (French language doco with English subtitles)
“Charting the events within a small single-class village school over the course of one academic year, Être et avoir takes a warm look at primary education in the French heartlands.” (Library Catalogue)
Young @ Heart (2007)
“Young at Heart Chorus is based in Northampton, Massachusetts. See the final weeks of rehearsal for the group, whose average age is 81 and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs that range from James Brown to Coldplay. The group has toured Europe and sung for royalty. Now they are focusing on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town.” (Library Catalogue)
The corporation (2003)
“Examines the far-reaching repercussions of the corporationʾs increasing preeminence and is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporationʾs inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, The Corporation charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.” (Library Catalogue)
Bill Cunningham New York (2012)
“For decades, Bill Cunningham has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns ‘On the Street’ and ‘Evening Hours.’ Presented is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace” (DVD cover).
Inside job (2010)
“An analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which, at a cost of over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, traced is the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. Narrated by Matt Damon.” (Library Catalogue)
It might get loud (2010)
“Music resonates, moves and inspires us. But when three guitar virtuosos from three generations, get together to jam, swap stories and share their passion for the most influential instrument in rock ‘n’ roll history: the electric guitar…it does more. Now you can get up close and personal and discover how a furniture upholsterer from Detroit (Jack White), a session musician from London (Jimmy Page) and a seventeen-year-old Dublin schoolboy (The Edge) each used the electric guitar to develop their unique sound and rise to rock legends” [DVD cover]
Shine a light (c.2008)
“It’s the Rolling Stones as you have never seen them before. A musical event capturing all the fire, soul and raw power of the World’s Greatest rock band. Classical band clips, exclusive behind-the-scenes moments and concert footage.” (Library catalogue)
Shihad [videorecording] : beautiful machine (2012)
“For over 20 years, Shihad has defined New Zealand rock music. From their roots in Wellington’s furious 90’s punk metal scene, to the wild Berlin days, the tragic overdose of their manager, the international explosion of The General Electric, and the infamous American name-change, Shihad: Beautiful Machine asks what went wrong? More than a documentary, this is an all-access pass to an extraordinary rock saga, charting a legendary band’s fight with fame, fortune, the industry, and finally – itself.” [DVD cover]