Magazine article Screen International

Neil Young Journeys

Magazine article Screen International

Neil Young Journeys

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Dir: Jonathan Demme. US. 2011. 87mins

Jonathan Demme's third concert film with Neil Young in six years provides a close-up look at the rock iconoclast doing an intimate, though not necessarily quiet set on his 2011 solo tour. Serious fans who are used to the singer-songwriter's uncompromising ways will certainly want to see the film, at home if not in cinemas. But Journeys may be a bit too far from the middle of the road to attract as big an audience as Demme's 2006 performance documentary Neil Young: Heart Of Gold.

The music is intercut with footage of auto-enthusiast Young driving from the small Canadian town where he grew up to Toronto's Massey Hal.

After screening at last year's Toronto festival - where Sony Pictures Classics took rights for most of the world - and this year's Sundance, Journeys gets a limited theatrical release in the US, where Heart Of Gold grossed $1.9m, on June 29 (Demme's 2010 Neil Young Trunk Show didn't register at the domestic box office). The strength of Young's global fan base should result in decent runs in a number of international markets.

Shot at the end of Young's tour in support of his critically praised 'folk-metal' album Le Noise, the concert mixes songs from that album with a few old favourites and some rarely heard or unreleased numbers. …

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