A documentary film tracing the life and career of pivotal 20th century artist Frank Zappa has been confirmed for Australian cinemas in February.

Directed by Alex Winter of Bill & Ted fame, ZAPPA will receive its Australian premiere on February 18. It’s the first all-access documentary to be authorised by the late musician’s estate, with the film showcasing an intimate portrait of the seminal guitarist and industry iconoclast with the help of his family members and close collaborators.

Pieced together from thousands of hours of unreleased footage and boxes of tapes that have been stowed away in Zappa’s family home since his death, ZAPPA will tell the story of how Frank Zappa helped to shape the American avant-garde movement of the 1960s and go on to shake the music industry with his radical views on censorship and artistic integrity.

Featuring exclusive interviews and never-before-seen live footage, the acclaimed film will also aim to showcase the genius of Zappa’s genre-bending guitar playing and idiosyncratic songwriting, as well as the stories of his collaborations with contemporaries such Captain Beefheart and Steve Vai.

Watch the trailer for the film below, and keep your eyes peeled to your local cinema for upcoming times.

Find out more about ZAPPA via Umbrella Entertainment.

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