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Now in its 68th year, the Melbourne
International Film Festival is Australia’s
leading film festival and one of the world’s
oldest, alongside Cannes and Berlin. MIFF
showcases the world’s largest showcase
of Australian filmmakers and an extensive
program of contemporary world cinema,
documentaries, retrospectives, panels,
discussions and special events.
Full details of the program will be
announced on Tuesday July 9 and you can
read all about it at www.rhythms.com.au
and, of course, the MIFF site at www.miff.
In the meantime here are some of the music
highlights and notable features.
Opening Night Gala
Kicking off the 2019 festival in true
Melbourne style is the Opening Night Gala
world premiere of Stan Grant’s hard-hitting
documentary The Australian Dream,
featuring AFL legend Adam Goodes. Based
on Grant’s powerful 2016 essay of the same
name, the feature-length feature tells the
factual and controversial story of when
a 13 -year-old girl racially vilified Goodes
during an AFL match. The Australian Dream
digs deep into the subsequent national
discussions about race, identity and
belonging that emerged, and documents
what is now seen as an important moment
in Australian sport.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will shine
bright for Centrepiece Gala as a ukulele-
playing zombie-slaying kindergarten
teacher in Abe Forsythe’s sweetly hilarious
horror film Little Monsters. Also featuring
Josh Gad, Kat Stewart and Nadia Townsend,
Little Monsters is a funny, gory and crowd-
pleasing love letter to all the kindy teachers
who help children (and man-children)
bloom while protecting them from being
eaten by zombies.
The unforgettable and loveable 12-year-old,
red-headed heroine Candice Phee of H is
for Happiness is sure to capture hearts in
this year’s Family Gala and world premiere
of the film. Starring Miriam Margoyles,
Deborah Mailman, Emma Booth and Joel
Jackson, John Sheedy’s classic family
feature is based on the award-winning book,
My Life As An Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg.
H is for Happiness is an honest and relatable
story of a young girl’s fearless determination
to save her family unit as she is faced with
the trials of adolescence and grief.
THURSTON MOORE AT MIFF
Iconic musician and former Sonic Youth
frontman Thurston Moore appears in
Melbourne for a special live performance,
playing the original music he wrote to
accompany four seminal works from
pioneering experimental filmmaker
Maya Deren. He’ll also join us for an
In Conversation event, presented in
partnership with the Wheeler Centre,
where he’ll discuss his career in music and
writing, and his latest foray into the world
Thurston Moore Plays Maya Deren: 9pm
Friday 2 August , The Astor Theatre $77 full /
$71.50 MIFF members (passes not valid)
Thurston Moore in Conversation
Saturday August 3 - 12.30pm,
Plenary Theatre, Melbourne Convention
and Exhibition Centre
$35 full / $30 MIFF members (passes not
THE FILM MUSIC OF NICK CAVE AND
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis join the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this
August to perform a selection of suites from
their highly distinctive film scores as part of
the 68th MIFF.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ film scores are
instantly recognisable for their minimal and
hauntingly beautiful tones. Full of light and
shade, creeping dread and inconsolable
yearning, the heavily instrumental sounds
inject humanity into the ghostly frontier
towns, parched desert landscapes, post-
apocalyptic war zones and extra-terrestrial
vistas of their renowned films.
As part of the 2019 MIFF, Cave and Ellis
join the MSO for the first time to perform
a selection of suites from their highly
distinctive film scores in full symphonic
August 10 - 2:00 pm - The Film Music of
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Arts Centre
Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Australian country musician and ABC
Saturday Night Country producer, Glen
Hannah, has tragically died on May 27.
Hannah and his partner Felicity Urquhart
have two daughters, Tia and Ellie.
Hannah was Tamworth’s Golden Guitar
Awards’ Musician of theYear in 2017 and
had worked with some of Australia’s
biggest country music artists including
Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan and John
Williamson, as well as being a long-time
member of The Flood.
Following the tragedy, Urquhart posted,
“Today we said goodbye to my darling Glen.
The saddest day of my life, broken beyond
words and not sure how to do this alone. He
touched so many lives in the most incredible
way and now lives on in our beautiful girls.
Thank you for all the love and support from
our dearest friends and family”
“Glen’s extraordinary gifts were exceptional
to behold,” wrote Lyn Bowtell on the
Support Act website. Bowtell has started
the Glen Hannah Appeal through Support
Act, a charity that provides financial
assistance to Australian musicians. With
the support of Kasey Chambers, Troy
Cassar-Daley, Shane Nicholson and a host
of others, Hannah’s band The Faceless Men
recorded From the Back Room and donated
all proceeds to Support Act.
“His brilliance in the music world shone
through his entire being and were not only
manifested through his fingers as a guitarist
and his creative eye to detail in design and
photography. He was renowned for his
fathomless music sensibility, understanding
and patience as a producer, and his innate
ability to foster musicianship and integrity
amongst whomever had the fortune to be
near him. So much so that his tragic loss
has reverberated throughout the whole
industry. He understood so much more than
the subtleties of music, he was always going
the extra mile for others and now I would
ask you to do the same for his family.
“Glen’s inspiration has left its mark, and
we have had many friends reaching out
wanting to give back in some way for his
legacy. This is one way.”
You can make a donation by going to:
DR. JOHN R.I.P.
New Orleans music
legend passes on at
the age of 77.
New Orleans music legend Malcolm John
Rebennack Jr., known around the world as
Dr. John, passed away on June 6 at the age
of 77, reportedly dying of a heart attack
after several years of declining health.
In a statement released through his
publicist, the family said that Dr John died
“toward the break of day” of a heart attack.
They did not say where he died or give
Such was his renown that he performed at
the White House and at a Super Bowl and a
tribute concert in his honour at the Saenger
Theatre during the 2014 New Orleans Jazz
& Heritage Festival. Titled The Musical
Mojo of Dr John, the concert featured Bruce
Springsteen as one of the special guests
(singing ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’). Others
who performed that night included John
Fogerty, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Mavis
Staples, Jimmie Vaughan, Widespread
Panic, Jason Isbell, Grateful Dead drummer
Bill Kreutzmann, Rolling Stones keyboardist
Chuck Leavell and local legends Allen
Toussaint, Aaron Neville and Cyril Neville,
Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard.
Don Was, producer and head of the Blue
Note record label, was the musical director
of the tribute concert and played bass for
much of the show. On his recent visit to the
Melbourne International Jazz Festival, he
spoke of his memories of Dr John.
“I loved his music from the time I was
in high school,” said Was. “The Gris Gris
album is still one of the best albums of all
time. Funkiest record, dirty, dark record.
It’s so beautiful and it was a real thrill to
get to know him as an adult and to get to
play with him. I got to play with him a lot.
We were actually on tour together just
a couple of years ago. I don’t know if he
toured subsequent to that, really. He wasn’t
in great shape then and I could tell it was
taking a bit of a toll on him.
“He was a raconteur. He was a bon vivant
and just such an inspired musician. Funky,
soulful and really accomplished, deep
musician. I don’t know anybody remotely
like him. He was really a beautiful cat and
he’ll be sorely missed.”
Rebennack was touring as recently as 2017
and played several shows on a tour, also
put together by Don Was, marking the
40th anniversary of The Band’s Last Waltz
farewell concert (he was part of the original
Last Waltz). The 2017 Jazz Fest, where he
performed on the main Acura Stage, was his
final jazz Fest appearance. He had not been
seen in public much since late 2017, when
he cancelled several gigs.
Dr John performed or recorded with
innumerable other artists, including the
Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Levon Helm,
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, Harry
Connick Jr and Gregg Allman. He also
appeared on the all-star charity version
of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day in 1997. He was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 2011.
“The family thanks all whom have shared
his unique musical journey, and requests
privacy at this time,” the family statement
said. As we went to press a huge second
line parade had been already held in New
Orleans to pay tribute to Rebennack.
GLEN HANNAH R.I.P
Revered Australian country musician mourned.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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