“Becoming Led Zeppelin,” the upcoming official documentary film about the formation of Led Zeppelin, has a runtime of 137 minutes according to an online listing for an industry screening.
The documentary, which was announced in 2019, is now complete and will be screened in an out-of-competition section of the Venice International Film Festival which will take place on September 1-11.
Led Zeppelin’s official Twitter account has posted a teaser video for the film and its September debut screening:
A page on the film festival website lists the film’s runtime as 137 minutes – two hours and 17 minutes. That’s slightly shorter than the film was listed as last year.
In 2020, we reported that the documentary had the working title “Apollo” and had a runtime of two hours and 27 minutes.
Bernard MacMahon, the film’s director, said in a statement earlier this week that “with Becoming Led Zeppelin my goal was to make a documentary that looks and feels like a musical. I wanted to weave together the four diverse stories of the band members before and after they formed their group with large sections of their story advanced using only music and imagery and to contextualize the music with the locations where it was created and the world events that inspired it.”
“I used only original prints and negatives, with over 70,000 frames of footage manually restored, and devised fantasia sequences, inspired by Singin’ In The Rain, layering unseen performance footage with montages of posters, tickets and travel to create a visual sense of the freneticism of their early career,” he continued.
The development of the film has seen the filmmakers track down rare footage of Led Zeppelin’s band members and the band itself.
Back in March LedZepNews reported that footage of Led Zeppelin performing at the Laurel Pop Festival in Maryland on July 11, 1969 had been available to watch on YouTube for more than a year but was removed because the filmmakers producing the documentary are planning to include it.
Footage of The Yardbirds performing with Jimmy Page at the Village Theater in New York on August 25, 1967 has also been deleted from the internet because it may be in the new documentary.
Online rumours have also suggested that the film production company has attempted to obtain high quality footage of Page’s April 23, 1970 solo appearance on The Julie Felix Show.
Allison McGourty, a writer and producer of the film, told The Los Angeles Times last year that her company had struggled to obtain some of the footage needed for the documentary, which is currently in post-production.
“It’s been difficult to get all the footage they need. The pandemic shuttered European archive houses for months, and now they must rush before the houses shutter again,” the newspaper reported.