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rockfield

★★★★

director: hannah berryman (debut)

documentary

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

The unlikely tale of how two Welsh farming brothers turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time.

Thanks to streaming services documentaries are enjoying a real resurgence at the moment. In the lunchroom, top of everyone's recommendation, seems to be a doco of some description. Well add Rockfield to your list of great documentaries as it's an intriguing, nostalgic and powerful insight into one of the most incredible and generally untold pieces of rock and roll history.

 

This documentary tells the unlikely tale of how two Welsh farming brothers turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time. ‘Rockfield’ is an extraordinary story of rock and roll dreams intertwined with a family business’s struggle for survival in the face of an ever-changing music landscape. Featuring appearances from legendary bands who have recorded within its hallowed walls, this film revisits some of the magical moments of musical genius that resulted in some of the best-known songs of our time.

 

Even though we hear from the greats of rock and roll and their interviews are intriguing, enlightening and damn entertaining, it’s the brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward who are the stars of the show.

 

From their stories of humble beginnings (they used bags of pigs feed as insulation) to watching them share their life stories and work around the farm. It really strikes you, which is at the very heart of Rockfield, that not only can greatness come from the most unlikeliest of places but that you really can do anything if you’re willing to learn and willing to give it a go. 

 

A perfect salute to not only the pioneers of rock and roll but to the brothers who made it all happen, Rockfield is a documentary not to be missed. 

★★★★