Cape Town, South Africa: coming back for a ninth consecutive year is the music-focused film festival at the Labia, Sound On Screen; brainchild of a well-known underground figure, Paul Blom, who is also a key member of the alternative/industrial band Terminatryx and formerly drummer for metal legends V.O.D (Voice of Destruction, 1986 – 1999).
“We started our indie film festivals fifteen years ago with the South African HorrorFest, which expanded into additional events like Celludroid, focusing more on Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and the X Fest Extreme / Underground film festival.” ~ Paul Blom (curator, Sound On Screen Film Festival)
Previous iterations of Sound on Screen included cinema screenings of: the Lamb Of God documentary, As The Palaces Burn; Botswana Metal movie, March Of The Gods; Black Metal documentaries, Until The Light Takes Us and Blackhearts, plus loads of Metal, Rock and other genres.
“As a lover of both music and movies – documentaries included – ‘Sound On Screen’ was an obvious addition. It had its genesis with our second ‘X Fest’, which was the ‘extreme music edition’. That one included documentaries like ‘Get Thrashed’, a ‘Strapping Young Lad’ concert film, GG Allen’s ‘Hated’, Eisturzende Neubauten’s ‘Libeslieder’, etc. So we decided to branch out and create a festival dedicated to music. And as with all our events, these are festivals we’d love to attend; ones which no-one’s bothered to create. We’ve screened some very cool documentaries and movies over the years.” ~ Paul Blom
This years Sound On Screen Music Film Festival will run from 26 to 28 April at the Labia Theatre (68 orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town).
Lords of Chaos: South African Premier
Perhaps the film of greatest interest to our readership at this year’s Sound on Screen will be the contentious Lords of Chaos. This screening on Sunday 28 April, at 8:30pm, will be the film’s South African premier!
“With something like ‘Lords Of Chaos’, having been active in the Metal community since the mid- to late-’80s, we want locals to get the same chance as those abroad to see these movies in a cinema. The major cinema chains sure as hell won’t bother; but it sure ‘aint easy convincing people to come watch a movie that doesn’t have a super hero in it, I’ll tell you that!” ~ Paul Blom
Lords of Chaos received a lot of attention from fans of the Black Metal genre owing to its apparent true-life telling of notorious events unfolding in Norway which made the Black Metal movement so famous there; including a number of real-life characters. It is being met by mixed feeling and peer-to-peer reviews; with no real conclusion to the matter in sight, which makes Lords of Chaos fascinating. Whilst many claim that the film brings clarity to the mindset and circumstances which triggered such momentum to the scene in Norway (and ultimately, beyond), fans of the cult figure Varg are deeply irked by the film’s portrayal of him.
Lords of Chaos: synopsis
Based on truth and lies; a teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.
In the early ‘90s a new musical genre (germinated in the ’80s) rose from Norway: Black Metal. With dark, occult imagery, the renowned black and white corpsepaint and strong anti-Christian sentiments, the abrasive and challenging music went beyond imagery into true darkness, not only resulting in church burnings, but also violence, suicide and murder.
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund (known for Rammstein and Madonna music videos and films like Spun and Polar), he was also in fact a member of early Swedish Black Metal legends Bathory.
Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira, Valter Skarsgård
These events were captured in the book Lords Of Chaos – The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground (by Didrik Soderlind & Michael Moynihan)
Get tickets for Lords of Chaos via Quicket.
More at Sound on Screen
Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay
Saturday 27 April, 6:15pm
A detailed documentary look at the very unique and multi-facetted Industrial music genre, tracing its origins and taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.
Some assume the Industrial genre is nothing but noise – far from it. This documentary also highlights the nuances of this formidable alternative music style.
Features interviews and music from Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle, NoN, Cabaret Voltaire, Re/Search Publications, V. Vale, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter, Hula, Orphx, SPK, Test Dept., Industrial Records, Boyd Rice, Dirk Ivens, The Klinik, Z’EV, In The Nursery, Sonar and many more.
First cinema screening in SA.
Directed by Travis Collins, Amélie Ravalec
Anniversary Dress-Up Screening!
Saturday 27 April, 8:30pm
Freddie Mercury: The King of Queen
Friday 26 April, 8:30pm
Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno
Sunday 28 April, 6:15pm
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