3.5

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Documentary Biography Music


 

Before Janis Joplin died from a heroin overdose aged 27, she made her mark as a talented R&B singer with a powerful voice and an inimitable style.

If there is a recipe for an insightful biography of a music performer, it's definitely followed here; extensive archive footage, reminiscences from talking heads, photos and scraps of correspondence with family. The magic comes from how these elements are used to bring the performer to centre stage. The documentary presents a raw and powerful force, words that describe both the performer and her voice. Get it while you can...

Anne Murphy

ACMI 26 Dec - 18 Jan
Transmission Films 104 mins