Shut Up and Play the Piano

Punk, rapper, pianist and iconoclast Chilly Gonzalez is known for his piano albums full of striking, atmospheric vignettes. Following Gonzales from his native Canada to late-‘90s underground Berlin via some of the world’s great philharmonic halls, Shut up and Play the Piano offers a compelling deep dive into the dichotomy of the artist’s stage persona and personal life. Director Philipp Jedicke artfully constructs this funhouse mirror portrait around a ripping conversation between Gonzales and acidic German novelist Sibylle Berg. The always-entertaining verbal joust is punctuated with surreal video clips, loopy dramatisations and insightful commentary from collaborators such as Peaches, Feist, Jarvis Cocker and Daft Punk. In your face, uncompromising, profound, bitter and outright hilarious, this is everything you could want in a film about an artist. Regardless of whether you’re already a fan, the end result is a documentary is not to be missed.

Screenings: Berlinale 2018, New Zealand International Film Festival 2018, MIFF 2018
Dir. Philipp Jedicke / Germany / Documentary / 2018 / 82mins / Sydney Premiere

"A brilliantly clever doc about the musician known as Chilly Gonzales… as eccentric and over-the-top and totally wild as Chilly himself."

First Showing

“Ambitious and highly entertaining…a brisk, boisterous story-so-far of [Gonzales’s] musical career."

Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter
11:00 Am
sunday 16th September