South Korean girl group Blackpink are getting their very own Netflix documentary, Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, which dropped its first trailer on Tuesday. The film premieres October 14th on the streaming platform.
Directed by Caroline Suh
, who also directed the Netflix docuseries Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and produced by Cara Mones, the documentary follows Blackpink members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa as they tour sold-out arenas and prepare to become the first Korean female group to perform at California’s Coachella festival in 2019.
Netflix noted that Suh tried to show the honest thoughts and feelings of the four -- Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa -- during their four-year journey.
“Director Caroline Suh’s relationship of trust with Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa offers organic and honest moments that give viewers an authentic inside look into the lives of Blackpink as well as the dedication and grueling preparation each member puts into every hit song, history-making performance and sold-out arena tour,” Netflix‘s Adam Del Deo, vice president of documentary features, said in a statement.
This is not the first time that independent documentary filmmaker Suh has worked with Netflix. Suh’s four-part documentary series “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” based on the bestselling cookbook of the same title written by Samin Nosrat, premiered on Netflix in 2018.
Her debut film “Frontrunners,” about an election at Manhattan’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School, was released in 2008. She also directed the short series documentary “4%: Film‘s Gender Problem” about the lack of female directors in Hollywood. Her works in film, TV and commercials have been featured on multiple channels, including CNN Films, Sundance Channel, PBS, Epix, A&E and the History Channel, among others.
According to Netflix, Suh had little prior knowledge of the K-pop music industry before shooting the film and enjoyed learning about its influences during the process.
Light Up the Sky will explore each member’s backstory, the group’s foundation in 2016, their relationship with their fandom (known as BLINKs), and how they have all learned to work together as a team over the years — with plenty of hijinks thrown in for good measure. (Jisoo gives the best line in the trailer at the very end, after she and Jennie embark on a less-than-successful venture with making candy pops at home.)
Read more and watch the trailer here