Musical Globe

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Amy Berg
Screening time  
24.02. / Wednesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 4  
Packed with archive footage and interviews this film provides the inside story on the human behind this wild and extroverted stage animal.

With huge hits such as Me and Bobby McGee and four million albums sold following her death, blues singer Janis Joplin remains a role model for female rock artists to this day. Joplin died of a heroin overdose in 1970 at the age of 27. This two-hour film packed with archive footage and interviews – with the star herself, her band, friends, ex-lovers and family members, including her sister Laura – provides the inside story on the human behind this wild and extroverted stage animal. The leitmotif is formed by extracts from the candid personal letters that Joplin wrote to her parents and loved ones, read aloud by singer-songwriter Cat Power. As a child she was bullied, and as a teenager she never belonged with the pretty girls. She discovered her distinctive voice at the age of 17. We watch her as she performs with her first band, gets a standing ovation at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and lets loose at Woodstock in 1970. Sadly, her use of heroin was as constant as her success, and it proved to be fatal.


Amy Berg

Amy Berg is a Academy Award-nominated filmmaker born in Los Angeles. She has written, produced, and directed the documentaries Deliver Us from Evil (2006), West of Memphis (2012), An Open Secret (2014), and Prophet's Prey (2015), and the fiction feature Every Secret Thing (2014).

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Janis: Little Girl Blue

USA, France
2015, 115'

Directed by:
Amy Berg

Screenplay by:
Amy Berg

Jenna Rosher, Francesco Carrozzini, Paula Huidobro

Edited by:
Garret Price, Joe Beshenkovsky, Billy McMillin

Joel Shearer

Any Berg, Alex Gibney, Jeff Jampol, Katherine LeBlond

Produced by:
Disarming Films, Jigsaw Productions, JAM Inc.

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2015; Toronto International Film Festival 2015