11 October 2021, 12:00 am
Chasing Trane
Programme Type
Films and Exhibitions, Webcasts
End Date
17 October 2021, 11:59 pm

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary | ( Click here to watch )
(99 min; 2016; English)
Director: John Scheinfeld

The music of John Coltrane is the real star of Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. What makes Chasing Trane special is that music, and the insight it provides into Coltrane’s life. Denzel Washington stands-in for Coltrane’s voice, narrating the film with the saxophonist’s own words, and Washington is superb in his own understated way. 

Chasing Trane follows Coltrane through his whole life. We witness his humble beginnings playing not-very-good sax in a military band, and then learn of his obsessive devotion to practicing. Day and night the musician would practice, and when neighbours would complain about the sound he would silently finger the instrument, over and over again.  

A definitive documentary about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.