Crank Up The Dial!

This autumn the Saffron Screen Music Film Season will take audiences on a melodic voyage that caters for every taste. Audiences are being encouraged to shake their stuff, sing along and dance in the aisles in the first event of its kind at the cinema.

Curated by Rachel Thomas and Mark Starte of the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, the cinema’s very first MUSIC FILM SEASON sees concert based documentaries about rock legends Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and Morrissey sit alongside observational documentaries from musicians themselves, mockumentaries and brand new feature films. There will also be live performances, Q&As with award winning musicians, actors and directors and even a sing along!

A fantastic Q&A with musician Karl Hyde (Underworld) and director Kieran Evans are amongst the highlights. Their film The Outer Edges was filmed on the Essex borderlands and mixes stunning footage of both natural and urban environments with interviews and Karl’s poetic meditations on his journey. It has been described as a “thrillingly alive contemplation of man and his environment” (East End Film Festival).

Springsteen & I, a documentary about ‘the boss’ himself has been chosen to open the season and is one of five concert documentaries showing at the independent cinema. It includes crowd-sourced archive footage of performances and fans’ reflections of what Bruce Springsteen’s music has meant to them. Another documentary, Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day is a celebration of rock ‘n’ roll at its most magical and magnificent and to warm up the crowd before the screening, Saffron Walden’s Livewire Rock Academy will perform a 30 minute live set.

Then billed as the one of the best concert movies of all time, Stop Making Sense will give music fans a rare opportunity to see Talking Heads on stage. Filmed over three shows at the Hollywood bowl, Saffron Screen are actively encouraging dancing in the aisles!

And an unmissable event for fans of the former Smiths frontman. Morrissey 25: Live is a concert movie marking 25 years of Morrissey’s solo career. It was filmed during an intimate gig at the Hollywood High School, Los Angeles, this year. The Guardian has called it “a deeply entertaining spectacle”.

And the music documentaries are not limited to rock and indie legends. One Direction: This is Us gives an intimate all-access look at life on the road for the hugely popular boyband. This documentary tells the remarkable story of the global music phenomenon’s meteoric rise to fame and is bound to be a big hit with the teenagers of the town.

Mockumentary Spinal Tap, one of the funniest films of all time, makes a welcome come back to the big screen. With a brilliantly inventive script, standout performances and some of the best parody songs ever written, it is essential viewing.

Finally, for those that enjoyed Saffron Screen’s Les Misérables sing-along. The Sound of Music gives another opportunity to exercise the vocal chords and see a perennial classic on the big screen. Fancy dress is optional but encouraged!

Tickets for all films and events are available from the cinema box office, the Tourist Information Centre, or online at

You can download our music film season flyer here- MUSIC_A5 flyer