Main Plot Points:
- From acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, Music From The Big House is an extraordinary story about finding hope, joy and music behind bars. Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s Queen of the Blues, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison – what used to be the bloodiest prison in America.
- Rita’s trip turns into a historic jailhouse performance – playing with inmates serving life sentences. Their shared bond of music, and Chiarelli’s vivacious personality, draw striking revelations from the inmates. Rather than sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness.
What We Thought:
- Music From The Big House shows how a concert gets put on inside a Louisiana prison. It’s overall interesting.
- It’s sort of a mix of a musical documentary but also a life/biographical documentary. You get to know these men a little, but the focus is the music.
- There’s a range of music as well. I thought it was the funny that the one black prisoner was actually a rock drummer. The woman who helps put on the concert seemed shocked as well. She expected him to be a blues or hip hop guy. I laughed at that segment. One guy used to be a radio guy as well.
- I will say there was one bit I didn’t particularly care for. The woman goes into the living arrangements and tries to make the audience feel bad for how these men live. I don’t feel bad. These are bad guys. This isn’t a small time prisoner, most of these guys are hardened criminals with most never leaving prison.
- The Blu-ray looks really good though. The prison has all kinds of great colors and actually made a good backdrop. The music sounds perfect as well.
- Music From The Big House was an interesting watch. I watched it more as a rock doc than anything else. Every guy seemed to have a story and some seemed to have genuine talent too. Shame they wasted it.
- Concert Extras
- Bonus Scenes
- These Four Walls Stills Video
Notable Cast & Crew:
Recommended if You Like:
- Rock Docs
- Prison Stories