Immersed in Inni

Inni, if you haven’t heard, is another Sigur Ros movie, filmed in 2008 at London’s Alexandra Palace before the band went on hiatus.

It’s described as “the definitive Sigur Ros live experience”, and having seen it, I have to say it was pretty immersive. Directed by Vincent Morisset, it’s shot beautifully and post-produced (I think) with 16mm effects provided by Karl Lemieux. Cinematography is provided by Rob Hardy. The movie looks fantastic, and the grainy black and white treatment strangely makes it feel more alive than it might in colour. The use of negative space in the shot selections was nothing short of breathtaking, and gave me a stack of ideas as a stills photographer, too.


Inni ... a lesson in the use of negative space.

I particularly enjoyed the interstitials between the live tracks, some of them depicting the band off stage, but others on stage in their early years, playing a tiny venue sometime back in the late Nineties. Those edits provide a barometer of how far the band has come over the years while also illustrating that it was always completely oblivious to any musical trends, choosing instead to create its own unique sound, which to this day remains like nothing else I have ever heard.

I was lucky enough to see Sigur Ros live in Sydney a few years ago, and it was an almost spiritual experience. Jon Thor Birgisson, a.k.a. Jonsi, is like no performer on Earth, and that is clearly on show in the movie. The other members of the band go quietly about their business behind him and together, the wall of sound they create is nothing short of epic. It’s an overused word in this Internet age, but in this case it’s the only appropriate word in the English language to use.

While the movie could never hope to match my Sydney experience, it went close, which is no mean feat. I’ve probably watched a thousand live concerts on VHS or DVD over the years, but I’ve never felt quite like I was part of the show that had been filmed. After Inni, I sort of did, and it was an effort not to jump up and cheer after every track.

Inni is not going to be everybody’s cup of tea. But if you’re in the right frame of mind, there is every chance this movie could leave you stunned in the most blissful way. Every Sigur Ros fan should certainly give it their full attention.

You can view the trailer at the start of this post, if you haven’t already. I’ve also linked to the first disc of live tracks, available via SoundCloud. (Thanks to my friend Graeme for the heads up on that one.)

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