Film Showings announced for this year’s Tramlines Festival

As part of the rich cultural variety to be found at the Sheffield Tramlines festival this year, its cinematic programme is becoming an important part of the event too.

Tramlines has teamed up with Showroom cinemas to offer and exciting programme of films and documentaries which cover a wide variety of tastes. Highlights of this year’s programme includes a special showing of “Purple Rain,” in tribute to the late pop star, Prince. Others include 90s Indie band, Suede’s “Night Thoughts,” a showing of Iggy Pop’s award winning concert in Basel and the premiere of “Songs of Lahore,” which is about a jazz band from Pakistan.

 Chief Executive of Showriom Cinemas, Ian Wild commented: “Every summer Tramlines brings an incredible amount of energy to Sheffield through its vibrant and diverse programme of live music.  We are excited to be working with them to curate an equally diverse programme of music films to complement this.”
 All screenings will be open to Tramlines wristband and pass holders. There are a limited number of tickets available for individual films which can be purchased from the Showroom Box Office and website. Entry to the Showroom Café Bar will be free during the festival.. All showings will take place at the Showroom Cinema on Patenoster Road, Sheffield, S1 2BX.


A full list of the film showings throughout the festival are listed below:

Friday 22 July

Suede: Night Thoughts (12) + Q&A
As a drowning man fights for life, what events play out in his mind?  Music by Suede, concept and
film by Suede and Roger Sargent.
Iggy Pop – Live in Basel
An outstanding artist known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics, performs at the
Baloise session in Basel where he was honoured with a 2015 lifetime achievement award.

Saturday 23 July

Songs of Lahore (Northern Premiere)
A Pakistani folk group gain success doing Jazz standard covers in their own style. Their rendition of
Dave Brubeck’s Take Five becomes a sensation, and Wynton Marsalis invites them to New York to
perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After a ground breaking week of rehearsals fusing
the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert
NG83: When we Were B Boys 
Five former break dancers reflect on their youthful rites of passage through the vibrant UK Hip Hop
scene of the early 1980s and how it allowed them to escape the confines of life on inner city council
Purple Rain (15)
Winner of Grammy and Academy Awards for its pulsating song score, Purple Rain marks the
electrifying movie debut of Prince as the Kid, a Minneapolis club musician as alienated as he is
Where You’re Meant to Be + Q&A
Cultpop raconteur Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) explores Scotland’s past by rewriting and touring its
oldest songs. But he doesn’t count on running into 79 year old force of nature Sheila Stewart – a
travelling balladeer who upturns Moffat’s folk assumptions.

Sunday 24 July

Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise
For the past 15 years Volker has followed Perry on a spiritual and geographical journey taking in
Jamaica, Ethiopia, Germany, Switzerland and London, resulting in a never-before-granted level of
access and insight into Perrys’ fantastical, spiritual world.
A Poem is a Naked Person
An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved
singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les
Blank between 1972 and 1974.
Sing me the Songs That Say I Love You
This rousing tribute to Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle was recorded at New York City’s
Town Hall in May 2011 and features her famously musical family – children Rufus and Martha
Wainwright, older sisters Anna and Jane – and equally gifted friends including Emmylou Harris and
Norah Jones.
Bayou Maharajah 
James Carroll Booker III was born in Charity Hospital in 1939 and he died there in 1983. In between,
Booker’s life was an odyssey of brilliance and self-sabotage, a perfect-pitch voice saddled with
broken dentures. He was an R&B child prodigy, a Dew Drop Inn stuffer, an open homosexual, a
magnificent wordsmith and interpreter, a life-changing blessing and train wreck for countless friends
and associates.
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