Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'Rockabul' on SWITCHCast
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
We've compiled our favourite scary movies streaming right now, so enter if you dare!x
review, Rockabul, Rockabul, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Travis Beard, Documentary film rating

ROCKABUL

★★★

CHANGING MINDS THROUGH MUSIC

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Charlie David Page
10th June 2018

Heavy metal music might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but imagine living somewhere it was banned. And not just heavy metal - pop, rock, country, R&B, hip hop, almost all the music that you’ve listened to in your life. That’s the situation in Afghanistan, where, at best, most music is frowned upon for religious reasons. From this strange situation comes an unlikely friendship between one Australian and a group of Afghans who want to play heavy metal.

Two brothers and two of their cousins come together in secrecy to form the band District Unknown, their love of playing music far greater than the risk of persecution they face. We watch them grow from 2010 with their first extremely awful rehearsal, through to their first (self-confessed) terrible performance, all the way to them becoming minor international celebrities as they form Afghanistan’s only metal band. Through their successes and struggles, a constant danger lurks - not just for their artistic endeavours, but from the precarious presence of the Taliban.

'ROCKABUL' TRAILER

All of this is captured by Travis Beard, an Australian journalist and musician living in Kabul, and close friend of the band. Through Travis’ perspective, we receive a candid insight into these artists, from the simple joy of playing music to their daily struggles. At times, they’re forced to hide their identities, both in the streets and on stage, and as their profile grows, so too does the danger. But we also see them grow as artists - from those early rehearsals where their self-taught skills are nothing short of painful to their biggest performance in front of thousands in India, it’s an inspiring journey to watch.

The documentary itself is a very personal experience, and is largely shot by Travis alone. As such, there are limitations with the look and style of the film - though that’s absolutely forgivable for a documentary captured by a one-man band in Afghanistan. There are some nicely-shot interview setups, as well as some truly stunning moments of Kabul life. What really makes this documentary work is the candidness from every band member - there’s conflict, love, anxiety, jubilation and, possibly most surprisingly, a lot of swearing. The unhindered honesty that’s on display is the real heart of this story.

Through their successes and struggles, a constant danger lurks - not just for their artistic endeavours, but from the precarious presence of the Taliban.

In a city where a deserted tank is a plaything for children, danger is everywhere and happiness is scarce. The ability for District Unknown to have brought elation to not only its band members but younger generations of Afghanis is revelatory. Though there’s nothing flashy about this documentary, it’s the fascinating story of a collection of people slowly changing minds through the power of creativity.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 16/05/2019
RUN TIME: 1h 17m
DIRECTOR: Travis Beard
www.Rockabul.com
RockabulTheFilm
RockabulTheFilm
RockabulTheFilm
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'Rockabul' on SWITCHCast 
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Looking for more Sydney Film Festival reviews? Click here to check out our collection of this year's highlights.
Jumanji: The Next Level - Return to the greatest adventure of all time
TRENDINGWIN JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVELReturn to the greatest adventure of all time
Spies in Disguise - An awesome animated spy film for the whole family
TRENDINGWIN SPIES IN DISGUISEAn awesome animated spy film for the whole family
The Sophia Loren Collection: Volume One - See the screen legend like never before
TRENDINGWIN THE SOPHIA LOREN COLLECTION: VOLUME ONESee the screen legend like never before
Lockdown and Catch Up - The best horror films streaming right now
TRENDINGLOCKDOWN AND CATCH UPThe best horror films streaming right now
Lockdown and Catch Up - The best drama films streaming right now
TRENDINGLOCKDOWN AND CATCH UPThe best drama films streaming right now
Kristen Stewart: From 'Twilight' to Arthouse - Celebrating a career as unique as the actress herself
TRENDINGKRISTEN STEWART: FROM 'TWILIGHT' TO ARTHOUSECelebrating a career as unique as the actress herself
28 Days Later - ...15 years later
TRENDING28 DAYS LATER...15 years later
Blue - A thought-provoking underwater journey
TRENDINGBLUEA thought-provoking underwater journey
Kiki, Love to Love - Less sexy in Spain
TRENDINGKIKI, LOVE TO LOVELess sexy in Spain
Burning Kiss - Baroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
TRENDINGBURNING KISSBaroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
2:22 - Mind-bending metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
TRENDING2:22Mind-bending metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
Hercules - He will rock you
TRENDINGHERCULESHe will rock you
Pixar Animation, ranked - Revisiting and ranking the films of the animation powerhouse
TRENDINGPIXAR ANIMATION, RANKEDRevisiting and ranking the films of the animation powerhouse
Five Feet Apart - Breathing borrowed air and clichés
TRENDINGFIVE FEET APARTBreathing borrowed air and clichés
How to Train Your Dragon - An animation that reached new heights
TRENDINGHOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONAn animation that reached new heights
The Big Trip - Should have stayed at home
TRENDINGTHE BIG TRIPShould have stayed at home
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
TRENDINGTHE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALEAn extremely silly zomedy
Lockdown and Catch Up - The best horror films streaming right now
TRENDINGLOCKDOWN AND CATCH UPThe best horror films streaming right now
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us