Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

It Might Get Loud 2008

Directed by Davis Guggenheim

Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) throws together Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White as a one-off supergroup in a celebration of the ultimate rock instrument. “A three-headed, amped-up, guitar-shredding slamdown.” — Variety

USA In English
99 minutes 35mm



Thomas Tull
Davis Guggenheim
Lesley Chilcott
Peter Afterman


Erich Roland


Greg Finton


Skip Lievsay


The Edge
Jimmy Page
Jack White


Toronto 2008; Sundance, Berlin 2009


Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) throws together a one-off supergroup of three guitarists from strikingly different genres and generations in a celebration of the ultimate rock instrument. The players are Jimmy Page, who defined the classic rock guitar sound in The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin; U2's The Edge, whose chiming, delay- and reverb-drenched deedle-deedle-deedle guitar textures are instantly recognisable; and Delta blues-influenced young gun, the twitchy Jack White from the White Stripes. Discussing with each other the defining musical moments that incited their passion for the guitar, they teach each other riffs and nerd out over records and instruments. The Edge is a complete riot when he demonstrates what his rudimentary guitar riffs really sound like when they're not swathed in digital delay effects. The film is riddled with alternately hilarious and genuine goosebump moments; expect a bit of ‘white man's overbite’ and plenty of widdly guitar workouts. — KD