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Don't Go Gentle: A Film About IDLES + Director's Q&A

classified 18 (CTBA)

Please note: This was screened in June 2021

Mark Archer
75 mins, 2020, UK
Primary language

Created by AF Gang, the dedicated online community that was built up around the music of IDLES, Don’t Go Gentle clearly demonstrates how music can forge togetherness like little else.

It’s about finding strength in vulnerability and the determination, friendship and adversity Idles face as they fight for a place in a divided socio-political environment, unexpectedly inspiring and unifying an international community along the way. In a time when the ground is shifting beneath our feet, where open communication and truthful reflection are more vital than ever, we witness lead singer Joe Talbot and the band as they tear across stages, knocking down stereotypes, empowering fans to talk about mental health and the realities we may not feel comfortable to speak about.

Don’t Go Gentle delivers some very worthwhile lessons: social media isn’t always toxic, there is room for community as well as division online, and bands can still change your life – this one in particular.