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Led Zeppelin documentary announced for 50th anniversary

By Emma Bowden, Press Association

A new Led Zeppelin film has been announced to mark the best-selling band's 50th anniversary.

The as yet untitled documentary traces the rock band's four members - Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones - through the music scene of the 1960s.

Directed by Bernard MacMahon, who debuted with American Epic, the film comes after the band celebrated the milestone last year.

Now in post-production, the feature will be introduced to buyers at Cannes Film Festival next week.

The documentary follows the band's meeting in the summer of 1968 and culminates in 1970 when their second album knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts.

It is the only time the band have participated in a documentary during their 50-year history and features never seen before archive footage and photographs.

Brand new interviews with Page, Plant and Jones will be shown, as well as rare archival interviews with Bonham, who died in 1980.

Page said: "When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story."

Sales for the documentary at the festival will be handled by Altitude.

The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14 to 25.