Five of the Best DJ Movies and Club Documentary Films

Five of the Best DJ Movies and Club Documentary Films

Five of the best DJ movies and club documentary films

If for any reason you can’t go out or there aren’t any remarkable events around, it’s time to relax, stay home and enjoy one of these 5 brilliant DJ movies. 

Even if filmmakers don’t find the scene of clubbing, DJing and electronic dance music so interesting, there still are some brilliant movies that you must watch. But with such a huge audience anyone would expect more DJ movies on our list.

If you are not new in the field you probably already know the classic DJ films. – It’s all gone Pete Tong and Groove featuring John Digweed and Bedrock’s legendary soundtrack Heaven Scent. –

The second list features documentary films to get a deep knowledge and understanding of clubbing, dance music, and djing. 

If you decide to buy any of the choices below, the prices on Amazon store are pretty low. 

 

5 of the best DJ movies

1. IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG (2004) 

As you may have heard and searched on the web for “deaf DJ movie”, this is the urban myth of Frankie Wilde. The soundtrack of the movie might not excite you instead you will see the troubled life of a superstar DJ. Many famous artists such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, and Carl Cox appear in the film talking about the urban legend. 

About the movie:

A superstar DJ is living a dream life with his trophy wife and little son in Ibiza. He performs at some of the best clubs in the world and he is preparing a new album that will launch his career. Overuse of alcohol and drugs as well as the nature of the job and the noisy environment caused him a hearing disorder and he is rapidly going deaf. After a year of staying away from the scene and struggling with deafness and depression, Frankie decides to make some changes in his life. But will he ever come back from this? Is it possible to mix again and perform live? Or there is not much you can do if you are deaf? The music field is dominated by people who can hear.

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Movie genre: Biography, comedy, drama
Dj relative: 10/10
Duration: 1h 30min
Music genre: Club, Dance
IMDB rating: 7.4/10

 

2. BERLIN CALLING (2008) 

The newest movie of our list is featuring the Techno master Paul Kalkbrenner. His album with the same name went global with thousands of fans. Including tracks like “Sky and sand” and “Azure” that made it to the top charts of the world.

About the movie: 

A DJ and producer at the pick of his career is traveling to perform all around the globe and promote his work. Along with him, it’s his manager and girlfriend at the same time. After a drug overdose, he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic but that doesn’t stop him to do what he loves. Even if the clinic and record label suggest some rest, he finds inspiration to complete his album. Great movie with an amazing soundtrack that you will search to find more.

Paul Kalkbrenner had a huge career boost after the release of the movie and music album.

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Movie genre: Comedy, drama, music
Dj relative: 10/10
Duration: 1h 40min.
Music genre: Techno, Club
IMDB rating: 7.3/10

 

3. GROOVE (2000)

 

An inside look into the San Francisco underground rave scene will make you nostalgic. John Digweed appears at the end of the movie to save the party and play the epic Heaven scent by Bedrock. 

About the movie: 

The movie shows everything to plan an underground warehouse party. From email invitations, to well isolate warehouse with no one around to bother and of-course great DJs that will make the party a perfect night of raving. Except for John Digweed in the movie appears also real-life DJs, DJ Forest Green and WishFM.

Definitely one of the DJ movies that you shouldn’t miss.

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Movie genre: Drama, music
Dj relative: 9/10
Duration: 1h 26min.
Music genre: Rave, Progressive, Club
IMDB rating: 6.5/10

 

4. HUMAN TRAFFIC (1999)

Human Traffic will give you a full image of club culture. The main concept is not DJing like the movies above, but the rave scene. Carl Cox, Pete Tong, and Howard Marks appear in this movie and gives extra credit. 

About the movie: 

Five teenage friends with shitty jobs found their escape and can’t wait to spend the weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture. Starting with preparations for clubbing, drug taking, fun through alcohol followed by the weekend’s aftermath. The club scenes capture the real feeling, and the soundtrack is timeless.

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Movie genre: Comedy, music
Dj relative: 6/10
Duration: 1h 39min.
Music genre: Rave, Club, Dance
IMDB rating: 7.1/10

 

5. STARK RAVING MAD (2002)

The movie might not be very DJ relative but the soundtrack of the movie is gold. Seann W. Scott is the star of the film and I believe it’s his best performance. It is an intelligent movie with a good cast and the right amount of humor. The movie is a perfect mix of film and dance music.

About the movie: 

All movie is placed in a club where during a rave party a crook quietly plots his revenge against the boss who murdered his brother. He plans a robbery in the club where drug dealers, undercover feds, drug dealers, Chinese gangsters and crazy raver girls are not missing. The entire music of the movie is produced by Bedrock meaning of course John Digweed and Nick Muir. A real progressive sound that will totally transfer you to rave parties. The soundtracks will simply make you fall in love with the label. 

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Movie genre:  ActionComedyCrime
Dj relative: 6/10
Duration: 1h 41min.
Music genre: Rave, Progressive, Club
IMDB rating: 6.4/10

 

5 MUST-WATCH DJ AND CLUB CULTURE DOCUMENTARIES 

  1. 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (2002) / IMDB RATING: 7.4 – Alternative music. Joy Division who later became New Order and Happy Mondays.
  2. SCRATCH (2001) / IMDB RATING: 7.9 – Documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism.
  3. BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY (1999) / IMDB RATING: 7.1 – A documentary film about the history of the U. S. rave scene.
  4. MODULATIONS – CINEMA FOR THE EAR (1998) / IMDB RATING: 7.2 – The evolution of electronic music and its many genres.
  5. MOOG (1998) / IMDB RATING: 6.2 – Bob Moog with some of the most inspiring electronic instruments ever created.

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