Don’t Look Back // Rockumentary about Bob Dylan


A prominent British film institute ranks this documentary the ninth best of all time. Especially remarkable when you consider it is only a movie about a rock star.

And in 1998 the Library of Congress selected it for preservation, in the United States National Film Registry, for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The film is DON’T LOOK BACK, about Dylan’s tour of England in 1965.

By 1965 Bob Dylan was already a name but nobody predicted he would become an iconic megastar. He granted an American filmmaker, Don Pennebaker, virtually complete access for his 11-day tour of England. The result is remarkable for two main reasons: one, extraordinary insight into the often mysterious nature of an artistic titan and, two, perhaps the first mảjor case of cinema verite – filming a subject in complete reality, where nothing is staged, prepared or edited.

Shot handheld on black-and-white 16mm film, Don’t Look Back invented the “rockumentary”. Its fly-on-the-wall style flew in the face of contemporary cinematic convention, and its reputation and influence has steadily grown since its release in 1967. In 2014, the British Film Institute’s authoritative poll of movie industry experts ranked Don’t Look Back as one of the 10 best documentaries of all time.

Saigon Outcast is proud to bring you a showing of the documentary, with an introduction by David Beattie, a local expat who will be presenting a weekly series of rock documentaries and concert movies at Outcast. Do yourself a favour and do not miss this chance to, indeed, look back at an extraordinary movie about an extraordinary man at a fascinating point in history.


20 April

Time: 7:30 – 10:30pm

Entry: FREE

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