“Under Great White Northern Lights” directed by Emmett Malloy has just been nominated for Best Long Form Music Video at this year’s Grammys!
The White Stripes Under Great Northern Lights is a fabulous on-the-road documentary which presents this unique band’s visual and passionate attitude towards touring. This film, shot just before the release of their latest album Icky Thumb, tells about The White Stripes’ big Canadian tour, where, in addition to sold out concerts, they played free gigs in small and very odd places. It is this vast scale of gigs that makes this documentary a unique experience. A single club gig would not be enough to reveal this band’s true essence. The dedication and intensity of the duo is wild – whether the gig is played in YMCA kid camp or a stage built on a truck platform. The tears in Jack and Meg White’s eyes in the last scene of the film tell all about their dedication to their work.
The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights was directed by Emmett Malloy, who is best known for his music videos. The film magnificently echoes the black ‘n white ‘n red look of The White Stripes. Like The White Stripes’ music, Malloy’s film in all its crackly recklessness is a tightly controlled masterpiece.