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Becoming Led Zeppelin

Out of Competition

Director:
Bernard MacMahon
Production:
Paradise Pictures (Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon)
Running Time:
137’
Language:
English
Country:
UK, USA
Main Cast:
Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Robert Plant
Screenplay:
Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty
Cinematographer:
Vern Moen
Editor:
Dan Gitlin
Production Designer:
Bernard MacMahon
Sound:
Nicholas Bergh
Visual Effects:
Tony Noel

Synopsis

Becoming Led Zeppelin is a film that no one thought could ever be made. The band’s meteoric rise to stardom was swift and virtually undocumented. With unparalleled access to the group and their personal archives, their full support and never-before-seen footage, Becoming Led Zeppelin will immerse you in the sights and sounds of their early career. For all the millions of people who will never see the band live, this is as close as you will get to being there. Before the stairway and the dragon, before the gold and the girls, there were simply four men and their love of music. Becoming Led Zeppelin reveals their individual journeys as they move through the music scene of the 1960’s, playing small clubs throughout Britain and performing on some of the biggest hits of the era, until their meeting in the summer of 1968 for a rehearsal that changes their lives forever. Their four journeys merge into one as they set out to conquer America on a rollercoaster ride that culminates in 1970 when they become the number one band in the world.

Director's Statement

With Becoming Led Zeppelin my goal was to make a new form of film, a documentary that resembles a musical. 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 with 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.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION1: Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon - Paradise Pictures
55 Loudon Rd.
NW8 0DL – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +1 310 857 9349
allison@paradise-pictures.com
http://www.paradise-pictures.com

WORLD SALES 1: Mike Runagall – Altitude Film Sales
10 Orange Street
WC2H 7DQ – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7795847594
mikerunagall@altitudefilmsales.com
http://www.altitudefilment.com

WORLD SALES 2: Dan Braun, Josh Braun -
Submarine Entertainment
197 Grand St suite 6w
NY10013 – New York, United States of America
Tel: +1 212-625-1410
dan@submarine.com, josh@submarine.com
www.submarine.com

PRESS OFFICE: Lawrence Atkinson – DDA
192-198 Vauxhall Bridge Rd
SW1V 1DX – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 20 7932 9800
ledzeppelin@ddapr.com

US PRESS OFFICE: Sylvia Desrochers – MPRM Communications
sdesrochers@mprm.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: PUNTOeVIRGOLA
Via Natale del Grande 40
00153 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 06 45763506
info@studiopuntoevirgola.com


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