x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Five who made the leap from pop to big screen

As Justin Bieber's documentary Never Say Never comes to the UAE, a look at five famous pop music acts who have gravitated to making movies.

Bieber at the Grammy Awards.
Bieber at the Grammy Awards.

The Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never opens this week in the UAE. Here are five other pop acts who made the leap on to the big screen.

Take one . . . The Beatles

The band leave their Liverpool homes for London to play in a television broadcast. Filmed in 1964 during the heady days of Beatlemania, A Hard Day's Night contains the famous opening scene in which John, Paul, George and Ringo are chased down the street by frenzied fans.

Take two . . . The Monkees

Filmed after their TV series was cancelled, 1968's Head begins with the group walking out of a bridge-naming ceremony in search of adventure through song and spoofs of other film genres. The lyrics of the opening song sum up the film best: We hope you like our story/Although there isn't one.

Take three . . . The Spice Girls

In 1997's Spice World, the British girl group jump in their double-decker Spice Bus and encounter aliens, visit a haunted castle and reflect in a maternity ward before getting down to the serious business of performing at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Take four . . . Miley Cyrus

In The Best of Both Worlds in 2008, Cyrus does double the work, performing as herself and her television alter-ego Hannah Montana. The concert film also shows action from backstage and concert rehearsals.

Take five . . . The Jonas Brothers

The JBros' 2009 The 3D Concert Experience documents the group's world tour with concert footage and behind-the-scenes moments showing the siblings' wholesome banter. The trio collectively earned a 2009 Razzie Award for worst acting.