Nick Cave, Moderat, CAN, Little Richard, José Gonzalez, Peter Doherty in Transmission'23

by Porto/Post/Doc / 20 09 2023

We are delighted to announce the programme for the Transmission competition at Porto/Post/Doc 2023. A total of 10 films that aim to take a fresh look at the life and work of artists who have marked the cultural movements of recent years.

An unlikely and irresistible combination: the musical universe of José González, the Swedish indie folk singer, and the dark and surreal humour of the team that made Ruben Östlund's The Triangle of Sadness. Based on real episodes of psychotic outbursts experienced by one of Sweden's most international musicians, A Tiger in Paradise is a film about intimacy and the search for balance.

Directed by Ian White, Mutiny in Heaven tells the story of the rise, peak and collapse of The Birthday Party, the band founded by Nick Cave and Rowland S. Howard. Using the group's own words, Mutiny in Heaven compiles exclusive interviews, rare archives, unreleased tracks, studio footage, animation and multimedia content - in a revealing retrospective of its main members, origins, dreams, hopes and motivations.

Little Richard: I Am Everything tells the story of rock'n'roll black and queer origins, shattering the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal one of its great innovators: Richard Penniman, aka Little Richard. 

A mythical German krautrock band, CAN are one of the most influential groups in 20th century music, from rock to electronica, but always with one foot in the most exploratory practices. CAN and Me focuses on the band's keyboardist and founder, Irmin Schmidt, whose career is a treatise on eclecticism. 

The world on stage is a man's world. Or is that just what they want us to believe? Rock Chicks - I Am Not Female To You brings together a group of artists unjustly marginalised from the rock and roll scene, deconstructing the commonplaces associated with the genre. Through the testimonies of women who have dedicated their lives to rock - including names such as Kristin Hersh, Linda Gail Lewis, Kathy Valentine, Suzi Quatro or Rosie Flores - the film-makers create a document about the strategies each used to make it as a woman in the male-dominated rock music scene.

Winners of the grand prize in the 2021 Transmission Competition with Nueve Sevillas, Gonzalo García Pelayo and Pedro G. Romero return to Porto with Seven Jereles, a feature film that revisits the figures that give flamenco its body, off-stage, in the streets of the city, in its neighbourhoods, at family parties, somewhere between tradition and modernity.

Peter Doherty: Stranger in My Own Skin is an intimate document of the British musician's life, with a particular focus on his struggle with drug addiction. Based on footage that Katia de Vidas (director and Doherty's wife) gathered over ten years, this film follows the Libertines singer-songwriter as he falls into darkness at the height of his success and the fight he waged against his own demons.

The Competition also features Moderat: The Last Days, a short film that followed the last concerts of the German electronic music supergroup; and Demo Tape '92, a documentary about the Portuguese band Turbo Junk I.E..


A Tiger in Paradise
Mikel Cee Karlsson, Sweden , 78', 2023, DOC

Can and Me
Michael P. Aust, Tessa Knapp, Germany, 85', 2022, DOC

Demo Tape '92
Paulo Pinto, Portugal, 107', 2023, DOC


Little Richard: I Am Everything
Lisa Cortés, USA, 98', 2022, DOC

Moderat: Last Days
Alexandre Powelz, Elisa Mishto, Germany, 21', 2022, DOC

Mutiny in Heaven: Nick Cave's The Birthday Party
Ian White, Australia, 98', 2023, DOC

Peter Doherty: Stranger in My Own Skin
Katia deVidas, France, 90', 2023, DOC

Rock Chicks – I Am Not Female to You
Marita Stocker, Germany, 79', 2022, DOC

Seven Jereles
Gonzalo García Pelayo, Pedro G. Romero, Spain, 125', 2022, DOC

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