Directed by Bernard MacMahon (American epic), and co-written and produced by Allison McGourty, the movie features band members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant.
The film reveals the individual journeys of the four members of the band as they navigate the 1960s music scene, playing in small clubs across Britain and performing some of the biggest hits of the time, right up to their meeting in the summer of 1968. for a rehearsal that changes their lives forever. Their four journeys merge into one as they set out to conquer America on a roller coaster ride that culminates in 1970 when they become the number one band in the world.
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Producers of the film say it will be the first and only time his band has participated in a documentary in 50 years. Altitude Film Sales and Submarine Entertainment will replicate the sale together.
Mac Mahon said: “Of Become a Led Zeppelin my goal was to make a documentary that looks and feels like a musical. I wanted to intertwine the four different stories of the band members before and after they formed their group with large parts of their story advanced with just music and visuals and contextualize the music with the locations where it was made and the world events that inspired it. I used only original prints and negatives, with over 70,000 images manually restored, and created fantasy sequences inspired by Singing in the rain, by combining unseen performance images with montages of posters, tickets and travel to create a visual sense of the hectic pace of their early careers.”
MacMahon’s debut film, American epic, won the Audience Award at the Sydney International Film Festival and his musical The American Epic Sessions won both the Audience Award and Discovery Award at the Calgary International Film Festival and a Grammy.