Australian Music Week Film Festival presents a diverse lineup of film premieres, set to grace the event on 10-11 November. Already announced, films range from discussing the politics of music to sharing the uniqueness of Melbourne’s music scene. Today, the 13th and final film was announced, Turn it Up! Finding Sydney’s Sound, which discussed the city’s lock out laws and tackling the urgency needed to save Sydney’s live music scene and culture. Set to kick of the festival, Turn it Up! Finding Sydney’s Sound will screen at 3pm on Wednesday, 7th November at GU Film House in Cronulla.
The opening festivities will kick off with a Welcome To Country and a speech from local Mayor, Cr Carmelo Pesce. The film will follow, ahead of a keynote address from Senator Glenn Sterle, who will kick off the conference program with a look at the current state of the Australian music industry and culture.
Turn it Up! Finding Sydney’s Sound compares the previous vibrant culture to the current scene, working out what needs to be done and asks the question: is Sydney dead or just changing? Featuring appearances from the likes of Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride), Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), Flight Facilities, Alison Avron of Sydney venue The Newsagency, Hannah Crofts (All Our Exes Live In Texas), Lindsay McDougall (Franzal Rhomb), Tex Perkins, Trish & Jodi (The Clouds) and many more, this film covers all possible opinions, from artists who previously got their shot thanks to great live music venues, people working in current music venues and new artists keeping the scene alive.
Hannah Crofts from All Our Exes Live In Texas argues that lock out laws are so bizarre as people are shutting down venues but giving nothing in return. Abbey Dodson from Leonardo’s Bride alternatively believes that there have been all kinds of restrictive prohibition laws, but other great things have come out of the woodworks in its place. With a million different opinions they all come to the conclusion that the Sydney music scene can live on, but it takes all of us at home coming out and supporting live music.
The screening is open to all Australian Music Week delegates and performing artists, and for $12 ($10 for Cinebuzz Members) there are a limited number of general admission tickets for the rest of us!
Australian Music Week Film Festival Lineup:
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH: SPECIAL OPENING SCREENING
3pm – Turn It Up! Finding Sydney’s Sound (Australia)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH
2pm – Burkinabe Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso (Burkina Faso/Bulgaria/US) + Busking For Change (Australia)
430pm – Now Sound: Melbourne’s Listening (Australia) + Elska: Heart + Harp (Australia)
7pm – Slave to the Grind (Canada) + Broadband (UK)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
1pm – ARADA (Turkey) + Wannabe (Australia)
330pm – Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian Rock (India) + Mixtape (India)
6pm – Lost in France (Ireland/Scotland) + Somewhere In Their Heads (UK)
Running alongside the film festival, Australian Music Week (7-9 November) will prove to be Australia’s most accessible grassroots conference, presenting over 150 live performances from amazing Aussie artists ranging from Fripps and Fripps to Angus Dawson. On top of this, an incredible range of industry panels and masterclass workshops are being showcased, with speakers like Brad Hines, The Senior Business Development Manager at Oztix and Christina Thiers, the A&R Manager at Warner Music Australia, who will be giving us their industry insight. So head along for the whole week to experience great new music and films! For more information about Australian Music Week click HERE.
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