8 must-watch TV shows and films for music lovers
Posted on January 31, 2018
4 min read
With this week marking 60 years of the Grammy Awards, we’ve pulled together our favourite shows and films that celebrate the power of music. From incredible soundtracks and musical numbers to intense drama surrounding the industry, you’ll love working through this list. Stream all these shows and films on your Telstra TV tonight.
Nashville (BigPond Movies)
Visually stunning and packed full of talented artists, it’s unsurprising Nashville has gained a cult following over the past few years. The show follows country superstars and their team of musicians as they grapple with juggling success with relationships, family, and the evolving music industry. It’s the perfect mix of comedy, beautiful voices and can’t-look-away drama.
Straight Outta Compton (BigPond Movies)
Even if rap isn’t your thing, this real-life story gives an entertaining and in-depth look into the drama, violence and heartbreak that surrounded hip hop group N.W.A in the late 80’s and 90’s. Following artists Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E, Straight Outta Compton highlights the controversy that erupted around America after the rappers shared a brutally honest glance into Southern L.A. life in their breakout album.
La La Land (BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now)
If you’re yet to experience Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone performing in this award-winning film, that’s certainly worth changing. The pair are drawn together by their common desire to sing and dance, but as success mounts, they’re forced to make life-altering decisions that will fray their trust in one another and jeopardise the dreams they worked so hard to build.
Mozart in the Jungle (Stan)
After years at the top of his game, an orchestral conductor known for bad behaviour and unrivalled genius is replaced by a young, flamboyant man who swiftly challenges his reign. Quickly forming a relationship with a female oboist scrambling for gigs, the comedic drama shows what happens behind the curtains can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.
Vinyl (Foxtel Now)
Set in 1970’s New York, Vinyl follows a musical industry awash in sex, drugs and rock‘n’roll as it makes the ultimate change towards an era of punk, disco and hip-hop. Created by industry icons Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, the brilliant series highlights the real challenges that come from trying to stay relevant in a changing world, all while juggling personal crises and failing relationships.
Baby Driver (BigPond Movies)
Nominated for string of Grammys and Oscars, Baby Driver is the ultimate blend of fast-paced action and brilliant music. The film follows a young getaway driver roped up in a dangerous world of crime who uses the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After attempting to ditch the life he knows, a doomed heist threatens his freedom, budding relationship and existence.
Sing Street (Foxtel Now, Stan and BigPond Movies)
This beautiful film tells the story of a 14 year-old boy living in 1980’s Dublin as he struggles to break free from a home strained by his parents’ relationship, money troubles and his older brother’s antics. His attempt to escape from the madness sees him forming a rock ‘n’ roll band, with the goal of impressing an inspiring model and classmate, all while discovering the healing power of music.
Empire (BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now)
Empire follows a powerful CEO of a renowned music production company who’s unexpectedly hit with a medical diagnosis, prompting competitors and family members to challenge him for top-spot. After the reappearance of his ex-wife, who threatens to expose his previous dalliances in drug dealing, drama inevitably unfolds as his credibility in the music world is chipped away.
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