It's always exciting when a film brings a real musical flavour into the mix and the effort filmmaker Terrence Malick has gone through to effect that on his latest project 'Song To Song' is singular. Even the people in Rooney Mara's band are real rock stars.

Rooney MaraRooney Mara plays with Black Lips in 'Song To Song'

Among the crowd of real life musicians the likes of Iggy Pop, Florence and the Machine, Big Freedia, Patti Smith, Die Antwoord, Neon Indian, Lykke Li, John Lydon and Red Hot Chili Peppers, we have a well known garage rock band from Atlanta, Black Lips.

Their role in the film is as Rooney Mara's character Faye's band, and the actress actually got up on stage with a guitar to perform with them when they were shooting the movie at Austin City Limits in 2012. 'That was not a normal Black Lips show with Rooney up there jamming with us', frontman Cole Alexander admitted. 'But we like to cause a shocking scene sometimes.'

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Malick wanted a very authentic atmosphere for his movie, which follows the complicated love quadrangle between two budding songwriters named Faye and BV (Ryan Gosling), a musical mogul named Cook (Michael Fassbender) and a waitress named Rhonda (Natalie Portman) on their journey towards success, which informed his decision to use real artists and real music fans.

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'It was so brave of Rooney', says Natalie. 'Up on the real stage playing for these real crowds, and to see that, I mean, it's just so, so, so incredible. It's real! And to have that in front of a real audience, it brings a different kind of energy I think than these concert scenes you see where everything's like extras and cast and stuff; it feels much more vibrant and alive.'

'Song To Song' premiered at SXSW 2017 yesterday (March 10th 2017) and will be released in theatres on March 17th 2017.