‘ZAPPA’ gets Australian cinema release date

The documentary will screen in Aussie cinemas this summer

ZAPPA, a film documenting the life of influential guitarist and composer Frank Zappa, has officially secured an Australian cinema release date.

Directed by Bill & Ted star Alex Winter (also creator of The Panama Papers, Deep Web and more), the documentary is set to screen in Australian cinemas on February 18, 2021.

ZAPPA promises exclusive interviews and previously unseen, behind-the-scenes footage of the virtuosic artist throughout the years. It also explores the private life behind Zappa’s prolific musical career.


Watch the official trailer for the film below:

‘ZAPPA’ was pieced together by Winter, who was granted complete access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage.

Per a press release, Winter was able to explore thousands of hours of unreleased footage and hundreds of boxes of tape which had been locked away under the Zappa family home since Zappa’s death in 1993.

The film will feature appearances from Zappa’s widow, Gail Zappa, as well as a long list of Zappa’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and more.


In an interview with Rolling Stone, Zappa’s son and estate trustee Ahmet Zappa said the film is “by far the most intimate and expansive look into the innovative life of Frank Zappa, narrated by Frank in his own words”.

“It’s quite unbelievable what Alex has achieved,” he said. “This is the definitive Frank Zappa documentary.”