On April 2nd 2011, dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Directors Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern decided to document this once in a life time performance in Shut Up and Play the Hits, which will be screened at HIFF 2012. The acclaimed film is an intimate portrait of frontman James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
LCD Soundsystem played in Helsinki in 2010.
“The live footage is amazing…. Some audience members literally couldn’t sit still for the duration of the screening and took to the aisles during the live numbers. It was hard to fault them, what with the fantastic, chair-shaking sound installed in the venue. Twice, the audience burst into applause after songs.”
–Susan Shepard, Rolling Stone
“The last waltz for the electro-dj-generation. Lovelace and Southern’s creation is a complex, yet beautifully constructed exploration of legacy, set to some of the most attractive concert footage in recent memory. LCD and music fans rejoice; this is one of the best concert documentaries in years… One of the most interesting and enjoyable musical documentary experiences in a long, long time”
–Ryland Aldrich, Twitch Film
“A mash-up of cinema and journalism, document and performance; a concert film sandwiched between a mission statement and a staged punctuation to a career: the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits offers more basic narrative satisfaction than many of the fiction films shown here [Sundance] using documentary aesthetics in the name of realism…”
–Karina Longworth, Village Voice