The new documentary about Led Zeppelin, titled Becoming Led Zeppelin, will be the first “band-sanctioned” cinematic chronicle of the evolution of the iconic musical group. It is going to premiere at the Venice Film Festival this year, with many fans eagerly anticipating its arrival.
Directed by filmmaker Bernard MacMahon, Becoming Led Zeppelin will feature new interviews with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, which will make it the first film to have the band’s active participation. It also contains archival footage of late drummer John Bonham as well as previously unseen material.
The director said: “Becoming Led Zeppelin is a film that no one thought could be made. The band’s meteoric rise to stardom was swift and virtually undocumented. Through an intense search across the globe and years of restoration of the visual and audio archive found, this story is finally able to be told.”
“With Becoming Led Zeppelin my goal was to make a documentary that looks and feels like a musical,” MacMahon declared. “I wanted to weave together the four diverse stories of the band members before and after they formed their group with large sections of their story advanced using only music and imagery and to contextualise the music with the locations where it was created and the world events that inspired it.”
Adding, “I used only original prints and negatives, with over 70,000 frames of footage manually restored, and devised fantasia sequences, inspired by Singin’ In The Rain, layering unseen performance footage with montages of posters, tickets and travel to create a visual sense of the freneticism of their early career.”
Jimmy Page gave his nod of approval to this latest film: “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.”