30 years ago, two significant moments in Australian music industry history arrived out of a passion for Australian contemporary music.
The first was the inaugural ARIA Awards in 1986. The second was the staging of a major series of outdoor festivals in the summer of 1986/87 under the banner AUSTRALIAN MADE. They were both ambitious ideas borne out of a frustration for the lack of respect for, and recognition of, our country’s musicians.
To celebrate this milestone, AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will screen exclusively at 40 Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas on Friday 25 November for one night only.
Both events back in 1987 not only broke the rules, they forever changed the perception about how we, as a country, viewed our place on the world stage when it came to music.
As INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence said during the AUSTRALIAN MADE Tour: “It’s grown-up time. We’ve come of age. This has proved that we’re part of the world music scene.”
AUSTRALIAN MADE saw nearly 140,000 fans in six cities witness performances from a potent and imaginative line-up including INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Divinyls, Models, The Saints, The Triffids and I’m Talking.
AUSTRALIAN MADE: THE FEATURE FILM
Acclaimed director Richard Lowenstein and a 50-strong film crew captured the on-stage performances and backstage camaraderie between artists for production of a feature film of the AUSTRALIAN MADE Tour.
AUSTRALIAN MADE was a critical and box-office success when it was first-released nationally in July 1987:
selection of music and behind-the-scenes interviews”
Rob Lowing, The Sun-Herald (1987)
as memorable as anything I’ve seen in a rock film”
Paul Le Peitit, Sunday Telegraph (1987)
Academy Award® winner Jill Billcock was responsible for the rapid-fire editing, with music production by the legendary Mark Opitz, who’d previously collaborated with AUSTRALIAN MADE producer John McLean on Cold Chisel’s Last Stand – the country’s first theatrically-released rock film.
AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
30 years on AUSTRALIAN MADE has been brilliantly restored for a 21st century audience. Sony Music Australia, in partnership with the film’s producers and assistance from the National Film & Sound Archive, have undertaken a major digital restoration of AUSTRALIAN MADE, including a 2K widescreen scan of the film negative and remastering of the soundtrack.
The restored film features 15 live concert tracks, including explosive performances from INXS and Jimmy Barnes – both of whose profiles are as strong now as 30 years ago. The 30th Anniversary Edition includes ‘never-before-seen’ outtakes and intimate behind-the-scenes ‘home movie’ footage that’s recently been unearthed from the archives.
AUSTRALIAN MADE is a rare ‘time-capsule’ of our music history – a soundtrack to the lives of many who were there, and a unique way for a new generation of music fans to discover the best of Australian music in the 80s.
AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will screen exclusively at 40 Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas on Friday, 25 November for one night only.