December 10, 2013

One Direction's 'This Is Us' and seven more documentaries about what it's like to be in the biggest act in the world…
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One Direction's 'This Is Us' and seven more documentaries about what it's like to be in the biggest act in the world…

Pop juggernaut One Direction release their new documentary This Is Us on Thursday (December 19). Shot by Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock, the film acts as an intimate all-access look at life on the road with the boyband as they've grown into a global phenomenon.

But, it's not the only documentary to take a look at life in a stadium-filling act and tell a great story in the process. Here are seven others…


Kings Of Leon – Talihina Sky

Released in 2011, this documentary charts the rise of Kings Of Leon from their roots in backwoods Tennessee to the biggest rock band on the planet. Raised in a deeply religious family, the film shows the Followills' struggle to keep their faith amid the excess that their fame brings. Featuring interviews with close friends and family, it's a surprisingly candid look at the band.


U2 – Rattle and Hum

Back in 1988, fresh from the success of The Joshua Tree, U2 seemed like they were at the peak of their powers, so when they decided to make their sixth studio album as a soundtrack to a rockumentary, there were more than a few raised eyebrows. The resulting film is a bizarre watch, shot mostly in black and white, it does show U2's remarkable stage presence and some electric performances, but it also features the band experimenting with gospel and folk to varying degrees of success. One for true fans only.


Katy Perry – Part Of Me

Captured in 2012 during the singer's hugely successful California Dreams tour, this showcased both Perry's spectacular stage show and her remarkable ascent to stardom, with plenty of footage from her childhood as well as interviews with her friends and family. Glossy and very family-frendly, but very engaging none the less.

Midnight Memories
Midnight Memories One Direction

Radiohead – Meeting People Is Easy

Shot in 1997 when the band were in the midst of a heavy-duty promotional tour for their groundbreaking record OK Computer, this is a proper warts and all look at life on tour. The film follows the band on their 105 date world tour and shows the burnout of the five members as promotional duties, gigging and travelling grind them down. This is an honest, brutal and captivating watch.

Foo Fighters – Back And Forth

Rock docs don't come more comprehensive than this. Telling the story of Dave Grohl and his bandmates' journey from the ashes of Nirvana to headlining Wembley Stadium. Director Chris Moll combed through more than 1,000 hours of footage to make this documentary, including interviews with all the Foo Fighters, former bandmembers William Goldsmith and Franz Stahl, and producer Butch Vig. Grohl is often named as 'the nicest man in rock', but this shows a whole different side to him…

Rush – Beyond The Lighted Stage

Canadian prog trio Rush have never been cool, but then that doesn't really matter if you've sold over 40 million albums. This profiles the band's rise to the top and their remarkable staying power.

Metallica – Some Kind Of Monster

After bassist Jason Newsted quit in 2001, the metal titans were focused to take a long hard look at themselves and captured in all on film. It's toe-curling to watch at times, but absolutely no holds barred in its approach. You see Metallica at their absolute worst as they try and rebuild their identity and make a new album in the process. An essential watch, if you can stomach it.


One Direction's This Is Us is released on DVD & Blu-ray Thursday (December 19).

purehmv members, you can also win the chance for you and three friends to watch an exclusive screening of the One Direction: This Is Us Blu-ray at Madame Tussauds London by entering our competition. Click here for more details. 

This Is Us - Official Trailer

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