This film 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, producing four decades of legendary rock music. It’s where Queen recorded their seminal Bohemian Rhapsody and featured in the Hollywood blockbuster of the same name. But Rockfield’s own story has never been told…until now.
Fifty years ago, deep in the Welsh countryside, brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward were starting out in the family dairy farming business. But they yearned to do something different – they wanted to make music. So they built a studio in the attic of their farmhouse and started recording with their friends. Kingsley’s new wife, Ann, left her job in the local bank to do the books, and they continued farming all the while. Animals were kicked out of barns to make way for recording equipment, and musicians were moved into Nan’s spare bedroom. Inadvertently, they’d launched the world’s first independent residential recording studio.
Rockfield’s reputation spread like wildfire, quickly garnering international acclaim. From Black Sabbath, Hawkwind and Queen, to Simple MInds, Iggy Pop and Robert Plant, and later Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Manic Street Preachers and Coldplay – an unbelievable roll call of artists have made music and mayhem at Rockfield. Innovatively told through archive, animation and personal interviews, legendary musicians give us their awe-inspiring Rockfield stories – sharing with us the highs, lows and magical moments that created some of the worlds’ best-known and loved songs of our times.
Hannah Berryman | Documentary, Music | 91 minutes | USA | $10
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“Hannah Berryman’s star-filled documentary about the legendary rural recording studio will evoke lots of nostalgia.” – Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
“If you like British rock of any era, this is a must-see movie.” – Edward Douglas, The Weekend Warrior
“Musical history seeps out of the walls at Rockfield. This joyous, funny, exciting documentary captured its infectious, inspiring nature perfectly.” – Emily Baker, BBC4 Review