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You might remember last year?s crowd pleaser movie School Of Rock, a light American comedy written by actor Mike White (Orange County) and directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed And Confused). It starred Jack Black as an over-the-top, eccentric high school music teacher who transforms his classically trained, uptight private school students into rock gods for the end of year concert.Rock School is the real-life version of that story. Though you won?t find it acknowledged anywhere, Rock School?s main subject Paul Green no doubt figured into Mike White?s research for his feature film script. It is musician-turned-documentary maker Don Argott?s very first feature-length documentary after a decade in US television production.Paul Green isn?t your average fella, let alone music teacher ? this guy is a zealot, a mad music professor, and he?s on a mission. From Philadelphia he runs the Paul Green School Of Rock Music where he teaches kids aged 9 to 17 how to become rock gods. To say Paul is an eccentric is an understatement ? he is driven, cantankerous, inspiring and completely in love with rock music and the kids he mentors. Via Argott?s digital video camera we meet his young charges and follow them over a year on the road to rock stardom, rock anguish and Rock Eisteddfod utopia.It is impossible to not get completely swept away by this observational rock doc, to not love every moment. Rock School is moving, hilarious and at times shocking - the perfect equation for a film. And you can?t help but be taken aback by its honesty. As a teacher we watch Green break every rule in the book but he is brave enough to show us on camera. This is one guy who will not self-censor. And neither does director Argott for that matter, equally unafraid of revealing the fall out ? both good and bad ? of Green?s behaviour and the effects it has on his students. Green throws his weight around, sometimes crossing the line. The kids stand up to his tantrums however, and Argott ensures they receive as much of a platform to speak as their ?senior? colleague. They are given as much autonomy as the adults in this film, if not more so. This is a film that has heart and plenty of it.And just in case you might be wondering, Rock School is no >American Idol. This well-crafted, narrative-driven, compassionate documentary is the real deal: a FILM. Not just some footage that didn?t make the final cut of a late night reality TV program? In fact well-edited docs like this reveal just why it is that Reality TV?s days might be numbered. Rock School will endure when American Idol pales into a mere footnote to the history of television.

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