The 62nd edition of the Melbourne International Film Festival opens on July 25 and runs for 17 days. MIFF’s music-on-film component is called Backbeat and this year includes features about ”riot grrrl” Kathleen Hanna, the National, the Descendents, the Stone Roses, Thirty Seconds to Mars and the legendary group of house musicians associated with Alabama studio Muscle Shoals. Home-grown highlights include The Sunnyboy, which is about the personal journey of lead singer Jeremy Oxley; the story of the ”black Mick Jagger”, Warumpi Band’s George Rrurrambu in Big Name No Blanket; and the worldwide premiere of Blokes You Can Trust, which trails the 30-year career of Melbourne punk rock band the Cosmic Psychos and screens on July 26 at 9pm. Directed by Matt Weston, who has made numerous music videos and plays bass for the Nation Blue and High Tension, the rockumentary about the group finally explains, via an interview with L7 frontwoman Donita Sparks, how the Psychos received substantial royalties from a popular British electronic dance group: ”I unintentionally lifted the chorus from[She’s a] Lost Cause for an L7 song Fuel My Fire, which the Prodigy covered.” Cosmic Psychos are playing live at the Hi-Fi on August 9. The Festival Lounge at the Forum Theatre will host various after-parties during the festival. See miff.com.au.

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