15 dance music films you should probably watch - - Mixmag

15 dance music films you should probably watch

If you get bored this weekend...

  • Rebecca Frankland and Mixmag Staff
  • 22 May 2015
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4 Paris Is Burning

During the 80s, film student Jennie Livingston spent seven years documenting New York's ballroom scene, interviewing the drag queens that ran it and filming the epic competitions that went down in the city at the time. Paris Is Burning is legendary because of how deep and detailed it is, an amazing portrait of a culture that revolves around music and dancing but also gender, sexuality and politics too.

5 Go

This A-list-filled crime comedy follows the intertwining events that take place following a drug deal formulated by a girl who sells aspirin instead of ecstasy at a warehouse rave in order to pay her rent. Flashbacks and a furious pace make up a whirlwind feature length film soundtracked by some 90s heavyweights including Fatboy Slim and Justin Robertson. Despite its Hollywood status, it's actually pretty good.

6 Take One: A documentary about Swedish House Mafia

Yeah, yeah, we know it's The Swedes. But this tour film came out in 2010 as the trio were starting out on their journey to total world domination. Sure, Axwell, Ingrosso and Angello were all fully established artists by the time they formed The Swedes, but the group would take them into the stratosphere. As such, this doc shows them full of pomp, living out of suitcases and smashing parties. It's worth a watch because you wouldn't get an insight like this now; they'd make sure the result was far more polished. As such, Take One is a very real look at life on the road, superstar tantrums and all.

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