Films on music icons to thrill fans

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury from Queen
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury from Queen PHOTOS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, ABRAMORAMA, AMYWINEHOUSE VEVO/YOUTUBE, ANTICIPATE PICTURES, NICKI MINAJ/INSTAGRAM, MAGNOLIA PICTURES & MAGNET RELEASING/ YOUTUBE, PARAMOUNT PICTURES/YOUTUBE, REUTERS
Taron Egerton as Elton John
Taron Egerton as Elton John PHOTOS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, ABRAMORAMA, AMYWINEHOUSE VEVO/YOUTUBE, ANTICIPATE PICTURES, NICKI MINAJ/INSTAGRAM, MAGNOLIA PICTURES & MAGNET RELEASING/ YOUTUBE, PARAMOUNT PICTURES/YOUTUBE, REUTERS
Quincy Jones (above left) and daughter Rashida (above right)
Quincy Jones (above left) and daughter Rashida (above right)PHOTOS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, ABRAMORAMA, AMYWINEHOUSE VEVO/YOUTUBE, ANTICIPATE PICTURES, NICKI MINAJ/INSTAGRAM, MAGNOLIA PICTURES & MAGNET RELEASING/ YOUTUBE, PARAMOUNT PICTURES/YOUTUBE, REUTERS
M.I.A.
M.I.A. PHOTOS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, ABRAMORAMA, AMYWINEHOUSE VEVO/YOUTUBE, ANTICIPATE PICTURES, NICKI MINAJ/INSTAGRAM, MAGNOLIA PICTURES & MAGNET RELEASING/ YOUTUBE, PARAMOUNT PICTURES/YOUTUBE, REUTERS
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran PHOTOS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, ABRAMORAMA, AMYWINEHOUSE VEVO/YOUTUBE, ANTICIPATE PICTURES, NICKI MINAJ/INSTAGRAM, MAGNOLIA PICTURES & MAGNET RELEASING/ YOUTUBE, PARAMOUNT PICTURES/YOUTUBE, REUTERS
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse PHOTOS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, ABRAMORAMA, AMYWINEHOUSE VEVO/YOUTUBE, ANTICIPATE PICTURES, NICKI MINAJ/INSTAGRAM, MAGNOLIA PICTURES & MAGNET RELEASING/ YOUTUBE, PARAMOUNT PICTURES/YOUTUBE, REUTERS
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj PHOTOS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, ABRAMORAMA, AMYWINEHOUSE VEVO/YOUTUBE, ANTICIPATE PICTURES, NICKI MINAJ/INSTAGRAM, MAGNOLIA PICTURES & MAGNET RELEASING/ YOUTUBE, PARAMOUNT PICTURES/YOUTUBE, REUTERS
Joan Jett
Joan Jett PHOTOS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, ABRAMORAMA, AMYWINEHOUSE VEVO/YOUTUBE, ANTICIPATE PICTURES, NICKI MINAJ/INSTAGRAM, MAGNOLIA PICTURES & MAGNET RELEASING/ YOUTUBE, PARAMOUNT PICTURES/YOUTUBE, REUTERS

From Freddie Mercury to Ed Sheeran to Joan Jett, these musicians feature in upcoming or newly released films to thrill fans

A Star Is Born, currently showing in cinemas and garnering rave reviews, is a fictitious film about a seasoned singer and the rise of his prodigy, played by pop singer Lady Gaga.

But the real lives of singers and musicians often contain enough drama themselves, which explains why they make good source material for biopics and documentaries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2018, with the headline 'The drama behind the music'. Print Edition | Subscribe