The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights

Director Emmett Malloy
United States / 93 min. / 2009 / English

Visual pleasure, visual band, this film joins the duo en route through an unusual tour of deepest Canada. Playing surprise shows, sharing the stage with kids, theorizing over band and being… an ambitious film made with visible delight. 


Visual, vivid red and white viewing pleasure with the most photogenic and ex-mysterious band in modern rock. Under Great White Northern Lights this film joins the duo through an unusual tour of deepest Canada. A tour undertaken for the simple reason that “we’ve never done a full tour of Canada.”  So, The White Stripes start to cover the country, playing in strange places (porches, cafés, a school) and the greatest surprise of all – judging by the gob-smacked faces of the lucky witnesses – sharing a stage with kids, introducing themselves without airs and graces to veteran soldiers, or at a shelter for native Inuits, playing for four cats and two bears, theorizing over the band and life on the road, and generally being very unlike The White Stripes. Or rather, without seeming to be one of the World’s Most Famous rock bands, which is what they are. This is a delicious and unprecedented film, made with obvious pleasure and a unique opportunity to see the other Meg and Jack (sometimes pissed with each other, sometimes like old partners in conspiracy), and above all, captured in an elegant and refined way by Emmett Malloy’s camera. Electric like a Canadian storm.


Premiere type
National Premiere

Showing format

in festivals
Kaunas International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival

Jack White, Meg White

Tim Wheeler

Giles Dunning

Ian Montone, Mike Sarkissian

Film company
Third Man Films

Film distributor

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