Rokk í Reykjavík ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a documentary directed by Icelandic Friðrik Þór Friðriksson during the Icelandic winter of 1981-1982 and released for the local television the same year. With this documentary, Friðriksson showcases the alternative music scene through several performances of the post-punk/new wave most important bands at that time taken from different concerts and accompanied by, some times, short interviews with musicians, and it portrays the lifestyle of the Icelandic youth faced to the establishment and advocated to anarchy, who were trying to find their own identity.
Rokk í Reykjavík is today considered as one of the most important documentaries about the Icelandic music culture and it included several important bands. For instance, Tappi Tíkarrass, a punk/pop band led by vocalist Björk Guðmundsdóttircontributed with two of their works: “Hrollur” and “Dúkkulísur”. The New Wave band Þeyr, today considered as one of the legendary Iceland bands of the early eighties, is featured here with their songs “Rúdolf” and “Killer Boogie”. It is also worth of mentioning, the presence of Einar Örn Benediktsson’s punk group Purrkur Pillnikk, which appeared with two tracks: “Ovænt” and “Gluggagægir”. Other important artists featured here are Bubbi Morthens with his band Egó, Fræbbblarnir, Grýlurnar, and the renownedSveinbjörn Beinteinsson with his chanting poem “Rímur”, among others.
As this film was the first Icelandic work in Dolby Stereo, it brought innovation to the Icelandic film industry. With Íslenska kvikmyndasamsteypan as the distributor, Rokk í Reykjavík was released in VHS format. The soundtrack to this film was released as a double LP compilation by Hugrenningur in April 1982.
|08||Where are the Bodies||05:08||Bodies|
|10||Moving Up to a Motion||03:15||Baraflokkurinn|
|14||Lífið og Tilveran||03:25||Start|
|16||Sat ég Inni á Kleppi||03:42||Egó|
|20||Hver er svo sekur?||02:35||Jonee Jonee|
|22||Kick Us Out of the Country||01:55||Bodies|
|23||Af Því Pabbi Vildi Það||01:43||Jonee Jonee|
|27||Gonna Get You||01:26||Q4U|
|32||Af Litlum Neista Verður Mikið Mál||02:30||Bruni BB|
Direction: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. Cinematography and lightning: Ari Kristinsson. Other shooting personnel: Árni Páll Jóhannsson, Baldur Hrafnkell Jónsson, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Jón Karl Helgason, Magnús Magnússon, Peter Auspin, Richard Crowe, Sigurður Grímsson, Sigurður Snæberg Jónsson, Sigurjón Sighvatsson, Vilhjálmur Knudsen and Þorgeir Gunnarsson. Recording engineers from Þursabit recording studio: Júlíus Agnarsson, Tómas Magnús Tómasson, Þórður Árnason. Sound: Jón Karl Helgason. Edition: Ari Kristinsson, Kristín Pálsdóttir, Peter Auspin, Richard Crowe, Sigurður Grímsson, Sigurður Jón Ólafsson, Sigurður Snæberg Jónsson. Executive board: Þorgeir Gunnarsson. Mixing: Alan Snelling, Þórður Árnason. Sound production: Anvil Studios, Abbey Road, London. Video production: Johan Ankerstjerne a/s, Kaupmannahöfn. Distributor: Íslenska kvikmyndasamsteypan.