Australian Music Week Film Festival 2018 reveals lineup

This year’s Australian Music Week Film Festival is proud to reveal its diverse lineup of feature and short films set to appear as part of the annual event, which takes place on 10 + 11 November at the GU Film House in Cronulla.

Following on from the Australian Music Week industry conference (7-9 Nov), the film festival will feature six feature films, each of which will be accompanied by a short film, and together shaping up no less than 8 Australian Premieres.

The program starts alphabetically with ARADA, a Turkish film which is the first ever scripted feature to be a part of the Australian Music Week Film Festival. The engrossing film follows a young punk rocker in Instabul who tracks down a cruise ticket to California on the night of his birthday gig.

In the Indian film Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian Rock, we see how the Western rock scene in the Asian nation has evolved from the 1930s to now, and how Aussie groups like Karnivool have influenced the flourishing scene.

The Canadian documentary Slave to the Grind looks at the world’s fastest and most aggressive music scene, Grindcore, which was originally fuelled by the leftist politics of Punk Rock, and has developed over the last 35 years to a scene more intense than ever before.

Sitting as the festival’s most political entry comes the award winning feature from Cultures of Resistance Film, Burkinabe Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso. The documentary looks at creative non-violent resistance in the small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso, home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens.

The only Australian feature to appear at the 2018 festival comes from Melbourne. Now Sound: Melbourne’s Listening will have its NSW premiere at the Australian Music Week Film Festival following its sold out world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival and a limited cinema release in the city which concludes this week.

And finally, from Ireland and Scotland comes Lost in France. Directed by Niall McCann, the documentary looks at the rise of the Glaswegian music scene, revisiting a chaotic trip to France in the mid-1990s, which helped define and cement the careers of indie rock band The Delgados, who established the cult record label Chemikal Underground.

Each feature film will be accompanied by a short film, with films from India, Australia and the UK represented.

Of the Australian shorts, there’s Wannabe, a hilarious mockumentary about an Aussie Spice Girls cover band who are getting set to reform. Busking for Change, an insightful look at three buskers living in Sydney, and Elska: Heart + Harp, a short documentary about our own Gold Coast artist and Harpist Elska, who is one of the Australian Music Week’s performing artists.

The event is free for Australian Music Week Badge Holders, $10 tickets per film for everyone else. Individual tickets on sale in the coming weeks, direct through the cinema. Session times and full ticketing details will be posted on the Facebook Page and on the official website in the coming weeks. 

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Australian Music Week is Australia’s most accessible, grassroots music industry conference bringing together artists and industry professionals at the forefront of the grassroots music scene 7-9 November for more than 150 live performances, 3 days of industry panels and masterclass workshops, followed by Australia’s only dedicated Music Film Festival (10-11 Nov). For more details about the conference and festival, head to australianmusicweek.com.

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