The film opens with lucid footage of natural organisms, crystals and tectonic plates overlaid by David Attenborough’s smooth vocals explaining the meaning of biophilia – the urge to connect with other forms of life. Then Björk’s concert – a manifestation of biophilia – begins.

Wearing a frizzy red and blue wig, a dress that resembles a sea creature and glittery tights, Björk comes onto the stage and releases her elastic voice. Performing all songs from her eighth studio album Biophilia, as well as classics such as Isobel and One Day, the singer only pauses to thank her fans.

Accompanied by an Icelandic choir, percussionist Manu Delago and electronic multi-instrumentalist Matt Robertson, Björk draws upon strength, vulnerability and joy to deliver a mesmerising performance alongside an impressively tight band.

The venue is fitted out like a fantastical galaxy with a star-lit ceiling transformed by projections of volcanic lava, lightening and hundreds of colourful starfish. Directed by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) and Nick Fenton (The Double), the film was shot with 16 cameras at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013.

While you can’t help wishing you’d been at this concert in the flesh, it’s definitely worth watching one of the world’s most innovative musicians doing what she does best.

Björk: Biophilia Live screens at ACMI from Monday October 27 to Sunday November 2, 2014. For program information and tickets visit