WHITE STRIPES 'Under Great White Northern Lights' [Release Date 15/03/2010]
"Arty but accessible, Malloy's film is a treat for any White Stripes fan: a document of a global band visiting the ends of the Earth to deliver their delicious clatter to their most out-of-way followers" NME
"…reveals as much about Canadian culture as it does about Jack and Meg White's friendship, work ethic and music" Rolling Stone
"One-of-a-kind scenes… that make this film a true gem" Spin
"…can credibly be included alongside such canonical rock-docs as 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Don't Look Back" LA Times
In the summer of 2007, The White Stripes embarked on a cross-country Canadian tour to accomplish their goal of performing in every province and territory across the expansive northern nation. Presented here is a unique documentation of that journey, providing a fascinating look into the on and off stage lives of one of the world's most enigmatic bands.
Having first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009, the film 'Under Great White Northern Lights' documents the band playing to crowds in towns of all sizes across the Great White North – from traditional venues to matinee gigs at unusual locations such as a bowling alley, a boat and even on a city bus – culminating in a momentous 10th Anniversary show at the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. A captivating mix of striking live footage and poignant off-stage moments, this visually stirring and emotive feature length film celebrates the band's 10 year history, bringing the band full circle in their career to a place reminiscent of how they first started out; shows where no one knew who they were, where they were left to make a first impression with their music.
The live album continues that celebration and is a perfect companion piece to the film, featuring 16 songs recorded at various shows throughout the Canadian tour – a collection that captures all the aural intensity and spontaneity that The White Stripes have become known for. A compelling reflection of the band's career – both the live album and the documentary will allow fans to reminisce about where they were when they first heard The White Stripes, while also adding extraordinary pieces of work to their already stunning artistic cannon.