Orginal title: En gang Aurora)
It took some time before the Me Too movement took its hold in the music industry, in contrast to the wave of high-profile allegations of sexual misconduct in the movie business. But now, as a result of social media, scandals around figures such as R Kelly and Ryan Adams have brought the spotlight on how systemic abuses of power so easily thrive amid the culture of celebrity entitlement, professional favours, and access to fans.
Once Aurora, by directors Benjamin Langeland and Stian Servoss, follows Norwegian indie pop sensation Aurora as she prepares her second studio album, Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1 (2018). So far this might sound like any music documentary, but the way in which the creative process is presented here is an altogether fresh and soberly condemning indictment of the distribution of influence and how it is wielded within the industry. Gentle and rather tame, the documentary (which originally aired on television) is without doubt not a story of overt abuse. But in the subtle yet clearly debilitating workings of misogyny and the on-going demand for more money-making hits from this young star, barely out of adolescence, we see just how vulnerable to manipulation young female musicians are in an industry of normalised capitalistic exploitation.
No tragic sensationalism
Having grown up in the woods in a Norwegian small town, Aurora Aksnes (born in 1996) was only sixteen years old when she attracted the public eye after performing a song she’d written at her high school that . . .
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