SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS – MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

words – Melissa Forsyth

photos – J Forsyth

Shut up and play the hits, MIFF, Greater Union, Russell Street, Melbourne

Shut up and play the hits, is a documentary/ concert film about dance band, LCD Soundsystem.

Being a relatively recent convert to LCD Soundsystem, I missed their final live shows in Melbourne a couple of years back. When my boyfriend mentioned that MIFF was screening a film that is essentially a record of their final ever, sold out show at Madison Square Garden, I jumped at the chance.

After only 3 albums James Murphy, decided to pack up shop and go out on a high, staging he biggest concert of his career. The sell-out show went for nearly 4 hours and hosted a plethora of special guests.

Footage from their final show made up the majority of the film. The camera focuses on the faces in the crowd as well as the music. From this footage it is clear the effect this enigmatic lead singer and cult like band had on their fans.

The rest of the film attempts to explore the character of James Murphy and his decision to terminate when the band was at the height of their fame. The concert footage is interrupted with excerpts of an interview where Murphy tries to justify his decision. At the end it seemed like he hadn’t really reconciled the decision with himself. This may be why it’s so hard for him to explain the choice to the rest of us.

The combination of live music, insightful interviews and footage of Murphy wandering around Brooklyn and Manhattan the day after make for a beautiful and interesting film. Well worth having a look if you get the chance.

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