- Sun 9 Dec 2018
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- General $12
- Concession $10 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
- Bookings essential
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
- Rating: G
Legendary California music festival (pre-Woodstock) that launched the state-side careers of several performers, most notably Jimi Hendrix. Fresh from sold out shows at the NZIFF 2018.
Two years before Woodstock, the rock festival was born and immediately hit its zenith in Monterey, California. John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas was on the organising committee: his band and Simon & Garfunkel were seen as the festival’s headliners, but it was the mind-boggling array of wilder, breaking talent that cemented this extraordinary moment in musical history captured in D.A. Pennebaker’s film.
The line-up was as eclectic as the dress code, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Who and – astounding a largely white audience who’d likely never seen a soul act before – Otis Redding. It’s a variety show for the ages, culminating in a mesmerising sitar performance by Ravi Shankar while a star-studded audience sit enthralled.
US, 1969, 78 min., Dir. D.A Pennebaker