Beth Orton

Beth Orton (born Elizabeth Caroline Orton, 14 December 1970) is a BRIT Award–winning English singer-songwriter, known for her 'folktronica' sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica. She was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers in the mid 1990s. However, these were not Orton's first recordings, she had released a solo album, Superpinkymandy, in 1993. Since the album was only released in Japan, it went largely unnoticed by international audiences. Her second solo album, Trailer Park, garnered much critical acclaim in 1996. Orton developed a devoted audience with the release of the albums Central Reservation (1999) and the 2002 UK top 10 album, Daybreaker. In her 2006 release, Comfort of Strangers, she moved towards a more folk-based sound and away from the electronic sound of her past albums. American films and television programmes such as Felicity, How to Deal, Charmed, Dawson's Creek, Vanilla Sky and Grey's Anatomy have featured her music and provided her with exposure to a more mainstream American audience. Description above from the Wikipedia article Beth Orton, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician (2001)

Chance, a hapless Los Angeles musician is searching for the coveted Moletron synthesizer through the classified ad paper the "Southlander", and meeting interesting characters along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Hanft
CAST:  Beck  •  Rossie Harris  •  Laura Prepon  •  Beth Orton

Chance, a hapless Los Angeles musician is searching for the coveted Moletron synthesizer through the classified ad paper the "Southlander", and meeting interesting characters along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Hanft
CAST:  Beck  •  Rossie Harris  •  Laura Prepon  •  Beth Orton

Lilith on Top (1999)

Following up on her 2000 opus Suspicious River, Lynne Stopkewich directs this documentary about the final Lilith Fair. Launched in 1997 by Sarah McLachlan and a host of other female singer/songwriters, the concert series quickly became one of the most popular, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Stopkewich
CAST:  Martin Chambers  •  Sheryl Crow  •  Yuka C. Honda  •  Miho Hatori

Following up on her 2000 opus Suspicious River, Lynne Stopkewich directs this documentary about the final Lilith Fair. Launched in 1997 by Sarah McLachlan and a host of other female singer/songwriters, the concert series quickly became one of the most popular, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Stopkewich
CAST:  Martin Chambers  •  Sheryl Crow  •  Yuka C. Honda  •  Miho Hatori

The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music (2007)

The Old, Weird America tracks the history of the Anthology of American Folk Music from its initial compilation of 78 records from rural Americana to its 1952 release on Folkways Records, the urban folk revival of the 1960s, and its continuing influence on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rani Singh
CAST:  Beck  •  Nick Cave  •  Elvis Costello  •  David Johansen

The Old, Weird America tracks the history of the Anthology of American Folk Music from its initial compilation of 78 records from rural Americana to its 1952 release on Folkways Records, the urban folk revival of the 1960s, and its continuing influence on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rani Singh
CAST:  Beck  •  Nick Cave  •  Elvis Costello  •  David Johansen

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006)

Poet, singer / songwriter and ladies man Leonard Cohen is interviewed in his home about his life and times. The interview is interspersed with archive photos and exuberant praise and live perfomances from an eclectic mix of musicians, including: Jarvis Cocker, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lian Lunson
CAST:  Leonard Cohen  •  Martha Wainwright  •  Rufus Wainwright  •  Beth Orton

Poet, singer / songwriter and ladies man Leonard Cohen is interviewed in his home about his life and times. The interview is interspersed with archive photos and exuberant praise and live perfomances from an eclectic mix of musicians, including: Jarvis Cocker, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lian Lunson
CAST:  Leonard Cohen  •  Martha Wainwright  •  Rufus Wainwright  •  Beth Orton

Lennon or McCartney (2014)

550 artists were interviewed over ten years. At some point during those interviews, they were asked a question and told to answer with one word only. Some stuck to one, some said more, some answered quickly, some thought it through, and some didn't answer at all. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Schichter
CAST:  James Valentine  •  Aasif Mandvi  •  Adam Lambert  •  Tom Hamilton

550 artists were interviewed over ten years. At some point during those interviews, they were asked a question and told to answer with one word only. Some stuck to one, some said more, some answered quickly, some thought it through, and some didn't answer at all. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Schichter
CAST:  James Valentine  •  Aasif Mandvi  •  Adam Lambert  •  Tom Hamilton

Why Birds Sing (2007)

Inspired by musician and eco-philosopher David Rothenberg's book of the same title, this documentary explores the intriguing, charming, complex and often conflicting theories on why birds sing like they do and why humans are so attracted to the sound. The film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Archie Powell
CAST:  Jarvis Cocker  •  Laurie Anderson  •  Beth Orton

Inspired by musician and eco-philosopher David Rothenberg's book of the same title, this documentary explores the intriguing, charming, complex and often conflicting theories on why birds sing like they do and why humans are so attracted to the sound. The film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Archie Powell
CAST:  Jarvis Cocker  •  Laurie Anderson  •  Beth Orton

Light Years (2015)

A subtly nuanced drama that explores the toll that physical and mental illness can have on a family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Esther Campbell
CAST:  Sophie Burton  •  James Stuckey  •  Beth Orton  •  Muhammet Uzuner

A subtly nuanced drama that explores the toll that physical and mental illness can have on a family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Esther Campbell
CAST:  Sophie Burton  •  James Stuckey  •  Beth Orton  •  Muhammet Uzuner

John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad (2004)

This honest and often blackly hilarious film shows Martyn at home in Ireland, during the lead-up to and aftermath of an operation to have one of his legs amputated below the knee. Contributors include sometime collaborator and buddy Phil Collins, the late Robert ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Serena Cross
CAST:  John Martyn  •  Beverley Martyn  •  Ralph McTell  •  Danny Thompson

This honest and often blackly hilarious film shows Martyn at home in Ireland, during the lead-up to and aftermath of an operation to have one of his legs amputated below the knee. Contributors include sometime collaborator and buddy Phil Collins, the late Robert ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Serena Cross
CAST:  John Martyn  •  Beverley Martyn  •  Ralph McTell  •  Danny Thompson

Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 10: The Boatman's Call) (2011)

A short film to accompany the reissue of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album The Boatman's Call (originally released in 1997). The result is a determinedly human portrait of the unique body of work produced by the band over the last 25 years, told through those who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Iain Forsyth  •  Jane Pollard
CAST:  Mick Harvey  •  Blixa Bargeld  •  Martyn Casey  •  Warren Ellis

A short film to accompany the reissue of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album The Boatman's Call (originally released in 1997). The result is a determinedly human portrait of the unique body of work produced by the band over the last 25 years, told through those who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Iain Forsyth  •  Jane Pollard
CAST:  Mick Harvey  •  Blixa Bargeld  •  Martyn Casey  •  Warren Ellis

Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 13: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus) (2012)

A short film to accompany the reissue of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (originally released in 2004). The result is a determinedly human portrait of the unique body of work produced by the band over the last 25 years, told ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Iain Forsyth  •  Jane Pollard
CAST:  Mick Harvey  •  Martyn Casey  •  Mark Arm  •  Paul Banks

A short film to accompany the reissue of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (originally released in 2004). The result is a determinedly human portrait of the unique body of work produced by the band over the last 25 years, told ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Iain Forsyth  •  Jane Pollard
CAST:  Mick Harvey  •  Martyn Casey  •  Mark Arm  •  Paul Banks

Emmylou Harris: From a Deeper Well (2003)

Profile of veteran country singer Emmylou Harris, witnessing the heady success of her career while also discussing her late flowering of intensely personal and groundbreaking music, dealing with loss and the passing years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Bernays
CAST:  Emmylou Harris  •  Elvis Costello  •  Keith Richards  •  Ryan Adams

Profile of veteran country singer Emmylou Harris, witnessing the heady success of her career while also discussing her late flowering of intensely personal and groundbreaking music, dealing with loss and the passing years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Bernays
CAST:  Emmylou Harris  •  Elvis Costello  •  Keith Richards  •  Ryan Adams

Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex (2022)

A musical documentary celebrating the life and work of glam rock pioneer Marc Bolan, combined with a behind-the-scenes look at the tribute album of the same name.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ethan Silverman
CAST:  Marc Bolan  •  Gloria Jones  •  Ringo Starr  •  Rolan Bolan

A musical documentary celebrating the life and work of glam rock pioneer Marc Bolan, combined with a behind-the-scenes look at the tribute album of the same name.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ethan Silverman
CAST:  Marc Bolan  •  Gloria Jones  •  Ringo Starr  •  Rolan Bolan