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Catch the world's best docos at Cinema Nova

Exclusive Melbourne Music Documentary Premieres Direct To Melbourne From Hot Docs, Slamdance, British Film Institute and DOC NYC on 18th April 2021 @ Cinema Nova!

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Look forward to

  • 11am: Small Island Big Song: An Oceanic Songline

    Filmed over three years on 16 Island nations across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, this grassroots musical follows the ocean highways uniting ancient musical lineages. From Madagascar to Rapa Nui/Easter Island, Taiwan to Zenadth Kes/The Torres Strait. A heartfelt plea for environmental awareness and cultural preservation from those on the frontline of the climate crisis.


    1pm: Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

    Direct to Melbourne From DOC NYC

    A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British Youth culture told through the prism of one the most iconic record labels in history, Trojan Records. Combining archive footage, interview and drama - Rudeboy tells the story of Trojan Records by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of late 60's and early 70' Britain and how that period of immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture. Told by a cast of legendary artists including Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more.


    3pm: Meeting the Beatles in India

    Direct to Melbourne From Hot Docs

    Director Paul Saltzman returns to India as he reminiscences his time with the Beatles while they were on a spiritual retreat under the mentorship of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968.


    5pm: Bleeding Audio

    Direct to Melbourne From Slamdance

    Bleeding Audio is an intimate portrait detailing The Matches' promising career, defeating break up, and inspiring reunion as they reflect on what success truly means for musicians in today's digital industry. The Matches' story overlaps with the drastic changes the music industry has undergone in the past several years. From declining record sales, to excessive touring, to illegal downloading and streaming. This documentary uses The Matches history and recent reunion to dig deeper into the root of the challenges the average musician faces in the digital age of the industry, and how artists can navigate their careers today.


    7pm: Don't Let the Devil Steal Another Day

    Direct to Melbourne from the British Film Institute

    Don't Let the Devil Take Another Day tells the heartfelt, human story of Stereophonics frontman/songwriter Kelly Jones who rediscovers his distinctive voice and experiences a remarkable 2019.


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