As a tribute to Prince, Purple Rain is returning to cinema screens around Brisbane.
Over the course of his incredible 35-year career, Prince left behind a remarkable cultural legacy. But if the innovative and eccentric pop legend could only be remembered for one project, it would have to be his revolutionary rock musical, Purple Rain.
In 1984, the enigmatic superstar gifted the world with a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind through his debut film, a colourful musical that was part-autobiography, part-fantasy and all genius.
In the film, Prince plays The Kid, a wildly talented, romantic, eccentric and neurotic musician. In other words, it wasn’t a huge stretch for him, but the movie was unusually psychological for a rock star vehicle.
Purple Rain wasn’t afraid to show its star in an unflattering light in service of the story. The Kid is controlling, abusive, and ridiculed by rival musicians and even his own band members.
Set in his hometown of Minneapolis, Purple Rain is a true snapshot of a hugely important time and place in music history, featuring artists Prince was collaborating with at the time — including the likes of Morris Day, Wendy Melvoin and Apollonia Kotero — in supporting roles.
Taking the movie industry by storm in much the same way his records had dominated the music industry, Purple Rain went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Score, and is still the first thing most people think of when they think of Prince.
In a fitting tribute to a musical legend, Event Cinemas will screen exclusive showings of Purple Rain at its Chermside, Indooroopilly and Pacific Fair cinemas this Friday 29 April at 9pm.
Tickets are $12 and are available now at eventcinemas.com.au.
Palace Centro Cinemas (39 James St, Fortitude Valley) will also honour the Purple One, with a special charity tribute screening of Purple Rain. The screening, on Wednesday 4 May at 6:45pm, will be introduced by local music critic Sean Sennett, editor of TOM Magazine and a presenter on ABC Radio.
Tickets to the Palace Centro screening are $10 (or $8 for Movie Club members), and $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Brisbane Youth Service, a non-profit organisation helping to fight youth homelessness and disadvantage in Brisbane. Tickets are available now at palacecinemas.com.au.
The New Globe Theatre (220 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley) are hosting a Prince Video Tribute Night. Rather than screening Purple Rain, host Kristian Fletcher has selected a compilation of live footage and music videos, which will be projected onto the venue’s big screen.
The New Globe’s tribute is on tonight (Wednesday 27 April), with free entry and a licensed bar from 6:30pm.
We’ll add more local Prince tributes to this story as they’re announced — if you find one you’d like to share, post it in the comments below!
In the meantime, plenty of artists have paid homage to Prince this week by covering some of his best tunes — and our favourite has to be this rendition of Purple Rain by Bruce Springsteen.
“There was no one better,” Springsteen told the crowd. “Whenever I caught one of his shows, I came away humbled. I’m going to miss that. I’m going to miss him.”
You’re not the only one, Bruce.