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Underplayed

Country: Canada, Language: English, 87 mins

  • Director: Stacey Lee
  • Writer: Stacey Lee; Neil Blewett; Georgia Dodson
  • Producer: William Crouse

CGiii Comment

Well...this was a bit of a surprise! Not what was expected at all. There is a bit of a non-issue flying around that screams of positive discrimination [what an oxymoron that is]...ignore it and you will treated to some great stories and even better music!

Oooh but those gender politics keep on niggling away. Look...if you really want to find out how difficult it is to become a successful DJ...ask those who are [hopefully] up-and-coming and those who have totally failed. Asking the most successful DJs [who command astronomical fees] is really rather redundant. They've made it, regardless of their gender! Stacey Lee's insistence really does become a bit of a moot point.

But...the question [still] remains: Is it really more difficult to be a successful female DJ than it is being a male DJ? Surely, the music speaks for itself...no matter what gender is playing it?

Gotta say, remembering the pioneers of [female] electronic music was good...but, hey, neither a nod nor mention of Laurie Anderson. What about Queen Maxine, Princess Julia, MC Kinky? All pioneers, in London, in my day...hey, anyone remember Trade circa 1990-5? When Queen Max played, we were there!

The film - unfortunately - flounders under the weights of incomplete research and an unsubstantiated bias...ignore those and you're in for a wee treat!


Trailer... 

The(ir) Blurb...

Filmed over the summer festival season, Underplayed presents a portrait of the current status of the gender, ethnic, and sexuality equality issues in dance music. Seen through the lens of the female pioneers, next-generation artists and industry leaders who are championing the change, and inspiring a more diverse pool of role models for future generations.

Cast & Characters

Nervo
Nightwave
Rezz
Sherelle
TokiMonsta
Tygapaw
Alison Wonderland