Íslenska

ROCK ISLANDICA

Icelandic Pop music is a World known brand today. Before that happened, scores of Icelandic musicians had tried their luck abroad with little success. Today Icelandic bands and artists are household names along with the pristine Nature of Iceland. How did that happen and who are the main players?

In this documentary series, we follow the evolution of Icelandic popular music from around 800 AD until today. What is the arch of the evolution? How come some of the musicians have the ears of the public for decades, while others leave the scene quietly? We see how the seing and jazz music conquer whatever music was before and then succumbs to Rock and Roll. And so on and so forth. The reaction is always the same - a generation loves "it's own music" and thinks of the new music a loud rubbish. And so history continues - always the same scenes with new players. When the first Icelandic Superstar - Björk - breaks through, other artists benefit as well. Sifur Rós, Of Monsters and Men, FM Belfast, Ásgeir and others are reaping good crops now and flying the banner high. The future is bright if we tend to the grassroots.

About the film

  • Type
    Documentary
  • National Premiere Date
    September 27, 2015
  • Genre
    Music
  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Original Title
    Popp- og rokksaga Íslands
  • International Title
    ROCK ISLANDICA
  • Production Year
    2015
  • Production Countries
    Iceland
  • Premiere TV Channel
    RÚV
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Based on a
    Non-fiction work
  • Production Format
    HD
  • Color
    Yes
  • Sound
    Stereo
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP

Company Credits

Festivals

  • 2016
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Nominated for Documentary of the Year.