What's on at Hackney Picturehouse - Picturehouse Docs
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words + Q&A
Director: Thorsten Schütte, France/Germany, 2016, 93 mins
Eat That Question observes the byzantine brain of this 70s avant-rock iconoclast, through his wild musical odysseys and his devilish tongue. Using only archival footage, documentarian Thorsten Schütte distils news reports, concert footage and Zappa's needling clashes with everyone from talk show pioneer Steve Allen to gormless music reporters to First Vice-Lady Tipper Gore, during her censorious court crusade. Zappa's musical career careened from doo-wop to jazz-slop to symphonic rock, but he never ceased to be a thought-provoking commentator on America's counterculture growing pains. Schütte delivers a portrait for nerds and neophytes alike.
"A fascinating run-through of Zappa's greatest – and weirdest – moments." – The Guardian
"As a primer of his diverse output, it's a supremely inviting way into his work ... A service to the man's legacy and a highly entertaining film at the same time." – Twitch
London. The dawn of the new Millennium. The Britpop party is over and the UK music scene is suffering from a severe hangover. Then, as if from nowhere, The Parkinsons burst onto the scene and give the music business a shot in the arm and a kick up the arse. Singer Afonso, guitarist Victor, and bassist Pedro, met in their home town of Coimbra, Portugal - land of Madeira, Catholicism and boredom. Relocating to London, in search of adventure, they teamed up with fiery Scottish drummer Chris Low. They swiftly built a reputation for chaos, revealing their penchant for getting naked on stage and attempting to abuse anyone or anything that refused to worship at their altar of rock'n'roll damnation. In the shadows, The Libertines and Razorlight were taking notes. But was their journey just a long way to nowhere? Find out in this unique, hilarious, moving and ultimately deeply human story of maximum rock’n’roll.
Directors: Cassie Quarless, Usayd Younis. UK 2016. 74mins.
After the screening we'll be joined by directors Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis for a Q&A.
Introducing the powerful stories of London’s new generation of black and brown activists, Generation Revolution explores the successes and unexpected challenges these inspiring young people face. Motivated by the desire for a more equal future, they embark on the rewarding but difficult path that they must tread in their struggle for liberation.