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After more than five decades in the music industry, the pioneering ‘Queen of Rock N Roll’ Suzi Quatro is ready to re-claim her crown in the new documentary SUZI Q – the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who revolutionized the image of women in rock’n’roll.
Shot across three continents over four years, and featuring almost 400 pieces of archive (including concert footage), 42 songs, and candid interviews with icons such as Alice Cooper, Deborah Harry, Joan Jett, Henry Winkler and the legendary rocker herself, the acclaimed new documentary SUZI Q opens nationwide on 21 November following its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival last month and it’s UK Cinema release in October. The release also coincides with Suzi’s Australian tour ‘It’s Only Rock N Roll’, during which Suzi will take part in exclusive Q&A’s following three special screenings in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
For four and a half years, Melbourne-based director Liam Firmager and producer Tait Brady have been working on the film, inspired by Suzi’s enduring career and fearless character to create in intimate insight into a driven, ageless performer. Along the way, they’ve also created a revisionist history of women in rock’n’roll – before Suzi, there were virtually no women in rock, and absolutely none who played bass and sang lead vocals and led the band and rocked out and reached millions of people around the world. When she broke out in 1973, Suzi re-wrote the rulebook and along the way has sold more than 50 million records.
Firmager was introduced to Suzi by a mutual connection while she was touring Australia in 2015. They quickly established a rapport and Suzi agreed with the proposal to make a film based around her life and career. Soon after, Liam asked producer Tait Brady to be involved, and both immediately imagined a documentary with a much wider scope than the conventional biographical ‘rock-doc’, and one that reinstated Suzi’s status as a musical and cultural pioneer.
“In making the film, it was important to us that we could get to the essence of who Suzi is,” says Firmager. “Getting the distance and objectivity that we required took time, and developing trust was paramount. After all, we were asking Suzi to emotionally expose herself… In the end, we filmed with Suzi maybe seven different times over four years, and we kept digging away to go deeper and deeper.”
Suzi Quatro’s national tour ‘Its Only Rock N Roll’ will play multiple cities from 27 October to 10 November.
Suzi will take part in Q&A’s with Firmager and Brady at three special screenings ahead of SUZI Q’s wide national release on November 21. Tickets for these screenings are on sale now via the cinemas.
BRISBANE – Event Indooroopilly Cinema, Thursday 31 Oct at 7pm. Book HERE
MELBOURNE – Astor Theatre, Sunday 3 November at 4pm. Book HERE
SYDNEY– Event Cinemas on George St, Wednesday 6 November at 7pm. Book HERE
You can find more information about the film at www.suziqmovie.com.