Rock in Reykjavik

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

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Original title Rokk í Reykjavík
DIRECTOR Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
PRODUCER Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
DOP Ari Kristinsson
SCRIPT Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
SOUND Jón Karl Helgason
EDITOR Richard Crowe, Sigurður Snæberg Jónsson, Kristín Pálsdóttir, Peter Auspin, Sigurður Grímsson, Steinunn Harðardóttir, Ari Kristinsson, Sigurður Jón Ólafsson
RELEASE 1982
LENGTH 87
GENRE Documentary
CAST Baraflokkurinn, Bodies, Bruni BB, Egó, Fridryk, Fræbbblarnir, Grýlurnar, Jonee Jonee, Mogo Homo, Purrkur Pillnikk, Q4U, Sjálfsfróun, Start, Vonbrigdi, Tappi, Tíkarrass, Spilafífl, Theyr, Thursflokkurinn

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Rokk í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavik) gives a thorough overview of the powerful and expanding rock scene in Iceland. Most of the film consists of performances by a wide variety of rock-groups in various clubs in Reykjavik in 1981-82. There are also interviews with members of the groups representing different views on such features of the rock scene as sex, drugs and politics. Fridrik Thór Fridriksson trod a new path when he decided to make a documentary about rock music and show it in cinemas. The film did not get any official support and the Icelandic Board of Film Classification decided that no person under 14 should be allowed to watch the film, not the least because of a interview with the sinder of the band Sjálfsfróun (Masturbation), where he candidly describes his experience of “sniffing”. Many people were very unhappy about the Icelandic Board of Film Classification´s rate of the film and said…”It would be equally wise to ban newspapers”. Guðlaugur Bergmundsson and Ární Þórarinsson, Helgapósturinn, 16. apríl 1982. The film reveals the development of Icelandic rock concerts from disco to rock in memorable way. The film was made in co-operation with those who created the life of rock in Iceland, the film was shot among them, in their environment and “speaks” their language. It is not the least interview with the musicians who talk about everything from fascism and punk to the NATO base radio in Iceland and Albert Guðmundsson, that show the spirit of the times so well. Fridrik Thór Fridriksson sets the tone for a successful career with a classic documentary about a sub-culture and individuals who defy “ recognized” culture.

Director

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson started his film making carrier with a series of experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. In 1987, he founded The Icelandic Film Corporation, which has become Iceland's most important production company, producing Fridrikssons films as well as working with other Icelandic directors and producers. Through Fridriksson's international reputation the company has built a network of internationally well-established co-production partner companies, including Lars von Triers Zentropa and most recently, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope. As a director, Fridriksson gained international recognition and critical acclaim with his second feature Children of Nature (1991) which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.
 

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