I’ve recently read in a forum thread that a lot of people are looking for Dj related movies or movies where the main subject of them is DJing, not only dj documentaries but also full-feature long movies that surround the issue of being a dj. So here is my list, if you have other movies which you think should go on this list, contact me.
This list is not sorted by any parameter, yet the first movie is IMHO the best movie. I haven’t watched them all, but it seems now that I made this list, it’s a great time to start watching all of the dj movies here!
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Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)
Director: Ed Bye
IMDB Score: 4.6/10
Plot: Kevin and Perry are two 15-year-old boys whose desperation to lose their virginity is so great that it inspires a sort of awe. In the rare moments when they’re not thinking about girls, Kevin dreams of being a singer, and Perry has ambitions toward becoming a dance music DJ. When Kevin and Perry manage to stop a bank robbery, they’re given a sizable cash reward, and they decide to go on a holiday in Ibiza, which is supposedly populated with thousands of beautiful women willing to sleep with anyone. However, after the boys pack plenty of sunscreen and condoms, Kevin’s parents announce that they’re tagging along. Undeterred, Kevin and Perry make the trip and meet superstar DJ Eyeball Paul , who may or may not listen to their demo tape. The boys also encounter Gemma and Candice, two scruffy teenage girls who are nearly as eager as Kevin and Perry to get horizontal.
It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
Director: Michael Dowse
IMDB Score: 7.3/10
Plot: Its All Gone Pete Tong is a comedy following the tragic life of legendary Frankie Wilde. The story takes us through Frankie’s life from one of the best DJ’s alive, through subsequent battle with a hearing disorder, culminating in his mysterious disappearance from the scene. A genius in his own right, he clawed his way to the top of the DJ ranks, now living the opulent life of a superstar, he resides in his trophy villa in Ibiza with his trophy wife. This is when tragedy hits. Due to a hearing disorder he is rapidly going deaf with only one functioning ear to complete the new Ibiza season. How is he doing behind the decks? Horrible. How is he doing in the studio where he produces his remixes? Frankie dives into a low period, struggling with deafness in utter depression. After a year of locking himself away he emerges on the other side with a fresh attitude towards his affliction. He accepts his deafness and learns to function without sound. Will Frankie make it back to the DJ booth? Will his new single be any good? Will he get back his opulent old life or does he even want it back? When you can’t hear, things look very different.
Director: Josell Ramos
IMDB Score: 6.6/10
Plot: Maestro, a feature documentary 4 years in the making, tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream, what evolved was a scene that set the ground work for what was to come in dance music culture worldwide, a rare insight into the secret underground world. It’s the first time this story is told in a motion Picture, included in the film are pioneer dance music DJs and producers, “founding fathers”, its center being Larry Levan, as well as high-profile DJs of today. Most film documents of this historical movement have fallen short of its true story and impact to the world, providing us with a glossed over account of the time. Opting for a more personal and candid approach, MAESTRO shows the true history of the people through a realistic creative aesthetic. Tracing the underground’s dance origin, MAESTRO brings out a real understanding of this intense lifestyle, and the lives they lived and died for. It is far from mere nostalgia, this film is like the music and experiences it chronicles.
One Perfect Day (2004)
Director: Paul Currie
IMDB Score: 5.7/10
Plot: Tommy Matisse is a gifted musician studying at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he is striving to write a brilliant new operatic song called “One Perfect Day” in conjunction with his girlfriend Alysse back in Australia. When Tommy’s sister Emma dies of a drug overdose after a night of clubbing with Alysse, he returns to Melbourne and breaks up with Alysse when she admits her part in Emma’s death. As Alysse seeks solace in drugs and in the arms of a manipulative nightclub owner, Tommy undertakes an odyssey of self-discovery and tragedy in Melbourne’s dance music scene. Fate brings them together again when Tommy reworks their opera by infusing classical music with electronic beats, but further tragedy is just around the corner…
True Vinyl (2000)
Directors: Scott Falconer, Scott Hatley
IMDB Score: 4.3/10
Plot: The feature drama True Vinyl (2000) concerns a Nebraskan boy who travels to the big city of Los Angeles as a participant in the fourth annual World DJ Competition. He develops a crush on a blonde dancer, but soon finds that blossoming relationship in grave danger when he has an affair with a booking agent named Trish Michaels, and the dancer happens upon them together. The film features country singer Mac Davis in a key supporting role. The Lead actor Eric Szmanda also produced an electronic album, featuring some of the Deejays in TRUE VINYL. His dream had been to combine his two loves — acting and music — in a film. His dream came true.
Director: Doug Pray
IMDB Score: 7.7/10
Plot: Director Doug Pray (HYPE) pays tribute to the innovative art of DJing in the electrifying documentary SCRATCH. Featuring legendary figures in the DJ scene, Pray’s film is at once a deeply insightful historical document and a highly entertaining glimpse into the world of underground hip-hop. Modern luminaries such as DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ Qbert, Rob Swift, and DJ Swamp are interviewed alongside living legends like Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy Jay, and Grand Mixer DXT, in order to paint a broad, comprehensive picture of how DJing has evolved over the years. Seamlessly cutting between interviews and actual footage filmed at several high-profile DJing contests including Skratchcon 2000 and the DMC U.S. Finals, Pray’s film is a mustsee for both seasoned fans and the uninitiated, a celebration of one of the late-20th Century’s most thrilling, original musical movements.
SCRATCH, documents the ongoing history of today’s turntablists’ and many of the DJs who gave birth to the hip-hop movement. This exhilarating film also features such charismatic figures as Cut Chemist & Numark, DJ Crush, DJ Premier and heavy-hitter DJ Z-Trip among a host of others in full-blown exhibition of their skills.
Director: Greg Harrison
IMDB Score: 5.9/10
Plot: On Friday, a single e-mail blips through the Internet. The word spreads quickly through the city: the party is on. Saturday evening, two hundred people secretly converge at an abandoned San Francisco warehouse. As the sun sets the records start spinning, setting into motion a night that no one will forget. Meet David Turner, a Midwest transplant. He moved to the city with aspirations of starting his career as a writer but his hopes have stalled. After four years he finds himself writing instruction manuals for a computer company. Overworked and with little social life, David spends his time alone, his dream of being a novelist a distant memory. That night, his brother Colin Turner invites him to GROOVE. Colin has a surprise for his new girlfriend, young raver sprite Harmony Stitts, and he wants David there. David reluctantly agrees and is shocked when Colin proposes to Harmony at the party. In the ensuing celebration, they take Ecstasy and suddenly, David is thrust into the world of the San Francisco underground. In a chance encounter, David meets longtime New York raver Leyla Heydel and makes an unlikely connection. Through their budding relationship, they’re reminded of a sense of possibility and freedom in their lives they had all but forgotten. But as the party rages on, Colin reveals a deep secret, one that threatens to destroy his relationship with Harmony. When the sun rises the party disappears, and the chaos of the last twelve hours changes the two brothers forever.
L.A. D.J. (2004)
Director: Thomas Ian Nicholas
IMDB Score: 6.2/10
Plot: Two talented slacker brothers, Tim (Tim Scarne) and Thom (Thomas Ian Nicolas), live in a small town trailer park and have a dream of becoming world famous club DJs. So they devise a strategy to host a world party from their big gig in town, the Gold field high school dance, using the internet to broadcast their DJ set live on theWorldParty.com
“One world, one beat one party, one dollar. Log on, and party with the world.” Unfortunately, only four people show up.
When their Uncle Marty (Paul Wilson) is hospitalized, they get an opportunity to go to LA. Reluctantly they go with their best friend Larry (Caleb Moody), who has a car. While in LA, Tim discovers a DJ spin off, but first they have to do a gig for their Uncle. They grab a drink at the bar and meet a couple hotties. Once they are in the party they are surprised to find out that it’s a Bat mitzvah, not that they even have the slightest clue what that even is.
In a race against time and stupidity, they learn their relationship is more important than anything.
Director: Unknown (Yet)
IMDB Score: Unranked (Yet)
Plot:One for the true dubstep aficionados this. Dubfiles have documented the scene’s biggest players from Skream to Caspa to Joe Nice, in a Grime DVD style format with interviews discussing their backgrounds, influences and personal views on politics, art, existentialism and food. The CD to accompany the first Documentary on Dubstep covers tracks from many of the artists included on the DVD, from every mum’s favourite ‘Big Headed Slags’ by Caspa, to Rusko’s ‘Get Ya Cock out’, D1′s ‘Dubstep warz’ and Pinch’s ‘Airlock’, alongside recent winners from Benga, Skream and N-Type. For now you can exclusively get this video here. Once there will be an IMDB page for it I will be able to see who is the director and give a proper IMDB score.
Hey DJ (2003)
Directors: Migel Delgado, Jon Jacobs
IMDB Score: 5.2/10
Plot: story of love, rise to fame and summertime fun in Ibiza. For dancefloor fans and those that love to move their body. Chronicling the chaotic love life and rise to fame of fictional character -DJ Hound Dog as he struggles to break into the club scene. After making the trek to the worlds clubbing capital “Ibiza” and with the help of world famous deejays, DJ Hound Dog turns out to become a real star in the scene.