I'm not going to pretend to be much of a Baz Luhrmann film (I think his films are visually stunning yet awfully hollow), but when he announced that he was going to do THE GET DOWN, a drama series set at the birth of hip-hop for Netflix, I admit I was intrigued. Not optimistic, but more intrigued in the way in which I muttered to myself "this man is trying to ruin hip-hop now."
I am now more fascinated than ever at the idea of what he can bring to the project after watching this great Tribeca Talks program (which you can watch in its entirety above), in which he talks with fellow filmmaker Nelson George about music as text, and as an integral plot device. It's interesting when you think about the death of soundtracks in a way as they seem to have been all been replaced by lyrics-less musical scores. Which isn't a bad thing, but certainly is a sharp pivot. I do appreciate how passionate Luhrmann is about incorporating music into the actual narrative (even when it's not a straightforward musical).
Here's a little more info on THE GET DOWN:
Giancarlo Esposito, Shameik Moore (Dope), Jaden Smith, and Jimmy Smits are among the cast.
THE GET DOWN debuts on Netflix August 12.