An old banger is set for a new lease of life as Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boi is set to come a film.
The Canadian star has recently shared how “stoked” she was about the current pop-punk revival happening across the world right now, and with the scene’s re-explosion into the world she is turning one of her best and well known works into a film.
“Recently with it being almost the 20th anniversary, a lot of people have been asking me to play this song on TV shows, so it keeps getting brought back up and people will always reference it to me,” Avril says on iHeartRadio’s She Is The Voice podcast. “And so, I’m actually going to turn this song into a film and take it to the next level.”
Going into the inspiration behind the track Sk8er Boi (and perhaps giving an indication about how the lyrics may translate on-screen), Avril continues: “You know what it was like in high school, you have all the different groups and cliques, and there’s like skaters, preps and jocks. It’s kind of like a missed opportunity at love.
Yungblud has announced that he is teaming up with Mercury Studios & Interscope Films in order to create a short film based on his track, ‘Mars’.
The film which is initially inspired by a conversation with a fan in Maryland says the film will follow a day in the life of a character called Charlie Acaster who all they have “ever wanted is a normal teenage existence – at least that’s what she thinks. Now one extraordinary night will make her reassess what truly matters.”
Dom had this to say about the story:
“This story is an uncensored, unfiltered portrayal of youth. It revels in the fragile beauty of it, flirts with the pain of it and most importantly the undeniable, glimmering hope of it. It presents a generational shift towards acceptance of one’s self and others, and ever growing confidence in our own insecurities.”
The screenplay for the film has been written by Chris Bush and will be directed by Abel Rubinstein. It will be produced by Dom alongside Cat Marshall, and Stefan Demetriou. They are also committed to securing on and off-screen talent from the trans, non-binary and wider LGBTQ+ community for the project as well. It’s being aimed to be released in the Spring of next year.
“I cannot wait to make my first film. This whole journey started with an encounter. Then it became a song, now it’s becoming a movie. All my art is about and forever will be about, is making people feel like they can be undeniably themselves, whoever they are – and with this project we’re turning that message up to 11.
“The team we’ve assembled is incredible, I am so honoured to stand with them all behind this beautiful project and to have them help me bring it to life. I can honestly say if you don’t adore this movie, then I can guarantee you’ll fucking learn something from it.
‘You’ll see our stars and touch our scars, only when Mars doesn’t have to wait!’”
And Chris Bush had this to say about being involved:
“Mars is a story where the mundane and the magical sit side by side. It’s Space Age escapism shot through with Northern grit. More than anything I hope it’s honest. I’m hugely proud to be working with YUNGBLUD, and the fantastic creative team we’ve assembled. The queer kids are alright.”
Foo Fighters have announced that they are going to be releasing a documentary.
‘What Drives Us’ and will focus on the process of heading out on the road as a band in search of making your dreams come true.
The film has been directed by vocalist Dave Grohl who had this to say about its themes:
“This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music. What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of ‘why?’ What drives us?’”
Ringo Starr, Slash, Ian Mckaye, Lars Ulrich, St. Vincent, The Edge, Steven Tyler will make appearances in the film as well!
It’s set for release on April 30th and will be available to watch via Amazon Prime.
In the wake of the death of Keith Flink in March 2019, The Prodigy have announced they’re reflecting on their story as a band in a new documentary film.
Sharing the news on social media, Liam Howlett and Maxim write: “We are making a band documentary film… so fukin what?? After the devastating passing of our brother Keef in 2019, the time feels right for us to tell the story of our band, all of it, the whole 9… It’s a story of the chaotic and troubled journey of our gang, our band, the people’s band – The Prodigy.”
They add: “Or simply – a story of brothers on a mission to make noise… to ignite the people’s souls and blow-up sound systems worldwide… that’s fukin what! This film will be made with the same integrity that our music is: uncompromising, raw and honest…
Rage Against The Machine have shared a new short documentary on race titled as Killing In Thy Name.
It was released in collaboration with international artists collective The Ummah Chroma, where the film follows a teacher as he educates a group of small children on the history of oppression in the United States.
“The following is a document of true events,” an intro to Killing In Thy Name reads. “Our aim is for this piece to be a fire escape from the fiction known as whiteness and a spring for discovery. Remember, the children are always watching.”
The track ‘Killing In The Name’ by Rage Against The Machine is used throughout the film.
“My mom [Mary Morello] is a white woman with a radical voice,” said Tom Morello. “For three decades she was a progressive teacher in a conservative high school inspiring students to challenge the system – in her actions and words she has always taught that racism must never be ignored and must always be confronted.”
Ahead of their record, ‘The Hope List’, which is set to be released on January 22nd 2021 Lonely The Brave have released a brand new track as well as a mini documentary.
In the film, the band take fans inside the beautiful Keeper, which was the first track they finished with their new frontman, Jack Bennett.
“Keeper was the first song we fully completed for the album and remains one of our favourites,” enthuses bassist Andrew Bushen. “It will always hold a special place as the beginning of the new chapter.”
But even more than just being significant for the band, Keeper also serves as a touching tribute to those who have helped us through this enormously tough time; as you’ll see in the doc, Lonely The Brave discuss their own personal ‘keepers’ throughout the pandemic (spoiler: there’s lots of lovely family stuff and cute dogs).
Discussing The Hope List as a whole, guitarist and founding member Mark Trotter says, “Given everything that’s happened to this band, it would have been remiss of us to try rushing into this or do something that wasn’t right. It takes time. We’ve been a band for over 10 years and stuck in our ways a lot. There has been a huge shift in dynamic now. It’s a completely different vibe from where we were before. There’s a renewed energy and a renewed focus. Everything feels very positive in the Lonely The Brave camp.”
Machine Gun Kelly Released his latest record, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ back in September of this year and after its release, he set out to make a film to accompany it.
It was shot in four dates along his regular collaborator, Mod Sun and the film will be MGK’s directorial debut!
Speaking to NME, he said:
“It was almost like shooting 14 music videos back-to-back, but with a narrative that’s outside of my personal life stories. It focuses on other characters, and then me and (Travis Barker) are just the narrators. It’s an interesting concept because it hasn’t been done for an album ever, maybe outside of like Pink Floyd’s The Wall.”
Well, that’s a more concrete release date for the film we have.