“Becoming Led Zeppelin” To Premiere At Venice Film Festival

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The upcoming Led Zeppelin documentary “Becoming Led Zeppelin” is to premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September.

Directed by Bernie MacMahon, the film will also include new interviews from John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. It will also include archived interviews from the late John Boseman who passed away in 1980. It will last for 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Becoming Led Zeppelin will air in the out-of-competition section of the Venice International Film Festival. The festival runs from September 1-11.

The band also confirmed this news via their Instagram account. Check that out here.

More here.

“looks and feels like a musical”

Releasing a statement, director Bernie MacMahon said, “With Becoming Led Zeppelin my goal was to make a documentary that looks and feels like a musical”. 

He also added, “I wanted to weave together the four diverse stories of the band members before and after they formed their group with large sections of their story advanced using only music and imagery and to contextualise the music with the locations where it was created and the world events that inspired it”. 

“I used only original prints and negatives, with over 70,000 frames of footage manually restored, and devised fantasia sequences, inspired by Singin’ In The Rain, layering unseen performance footage with montages of posters, tickets and travel to create a visual sense of the freneticism of their early career”. 

This is the first time that Led Zeppelin have participated in a documentary in half a century. They also granted MacMahon “unprecedented access” for the film.

An official release date has yet to be confirmed.

More Led Zeppelin news

Last week, Robert Plant also revealed the “most difficult” track that he has ever had to sing. Find out which one he picked here.

Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” was voted the greatest guitar riff of all time according to the readers of Guitar World and Total Guitar. More on that report here.