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Ronnie's

(Rated Unclassified)

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Australian Premiere presented by Groovescooter for STROBE Festival

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Overview

Full of scintillating performances from international jazz giants, this fascinating new documentary lays out the story of British tenor saxophonist and jazz club owner, Ronnie Scott and his world-famous London jazz club in Soho. Ronnie's is both a celebration of the legacy of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and a study of the talented, yet unassuming man himself. Featuring previously unseen and unheard concert footage as well as interviews with some of the most iconic figures in music, the film explores the club’s 60-year history and shines a light on the uncompromising men and women who built it and who took to its stage. Rather than the usual parade of talking heads, filmmaker Oliver Murray uses the music figures interviewed (folks like Gilles Peterson, Quincy Jones and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell) to flesh out the story as disembodied voiceovers only, thereby allowing the club's incredible on-stage action and compelling archive footage to fully shine.

"Puts you right there... Sterling performers, atmospheric footage, and a sad heart... A love letter to Scott [and] to the club named after him"
— The Guardian
"Come for the classic jams but stay for the story of Ronnie Scott... An accessible slice of jazz history"
— The Hollywood Reporter
"An absolutely essential doc for jazz fanatics"
— Weekend Warrior

Why You Should See This Film

After being held-up by the pandemic, Ronnie's recently began its cinema run around the globe and so Groovescooter are thrilled to finally be presenting it in Sydney for its Australian Premiere. From the intense, sweat-dripping opening performance by Oscar Peterson at the club's piano, through to the remarkable mastery on show by artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Nina Simone, Buddy Rich and even Jimi Hendrix, this sometimes poignant document of musical passion will have you riveted throughout.

STROBE presented by Groovescooter

Groovescooter returns this May with STROBE, another curated program of stellar music films, all exclusive to Golden Age for Sydney music and film lovers.

Please note: Gift Passes & Film Club Membership discounts can't be used for this special event session.

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  • Year: 2020
  • Rating: Unclassified
  • Director: Oliver Murray
  • Cast: Oscar Peterson, Nina Simone, Gilles Peterson, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones
  • Duration: 104 minutes
  • Language: English
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