Revelation Film Festival: incl. Parkerville, Opening Night & moreGet Tickets
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Revelation Film Festival was founded in 1997 to showcase a large range of independent feature films, documentaries, short films and experimental works. Today, the event includes over 120 international films presented at cinemas, galleries, cafes and bars across Perth. It attracts 12,000 patrons and 50 national and international guests over 10 days.
Some music highlights include:
Parkerville Amphitheatre: Sets Bugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll
If you are one of those that fondly remembers the Parkerville Ampitheatre regularly appearing in live performance and gig guides in Perth for many years, then the documentary Parkerville Amphitheatre: Sets, Bugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll is unmissable. From opening in 1971 until it closed in 2001, the Parkerville Ampitheatre was the brainchild of artistic visionary John Joseph Jones who dedicated the space to providing a platform for alternative art, music and performance in Perth – and it rocked!
A haven for blues and boogie as well as providing the launch-pad for Perth theater writers, directors and performers, the amphitheater was a wholly unique but now all but forgotten phenomenon. Now overgrown and derelict, this documentary brings this Perth icon back to life by exploring the personalities that inhabited this special place nestled in Perth’s foothills. With intimate interviews with Perth legends and those in the know, this simple film might be lo-fi in nature but the message is resonant – especially for everyone ever involved in Rev or in the encouragement of alternative arts and opinions in WA.
Playing in July:
Sat 4th, 1:45pm – Luna Leederville
Sat 11th, 4pm – Paradiso (New session just added!)
Sun 12th, 12 noon – Luna SX
Opening Night – Interrobang
Justine Thornley and Bernie Lynch have collaborated and together they present Interrobang, an audio-visual amalgamation of new music, composed for Theremin, electronica and voice. Justine Thornley, WAAPA graduate and Theremin devotee, has most recently performed Theremin with ambient/experimental group Masonik, regularly airing on ABC Radio National. Singer and award-winning songwriter Bernie Lynch formed post-punk/new wave band Eurogliders in 1980, and currently tours nationally with their sixth studio album Don’t Eat The Daisies.
Catch the duo on Revelation’s Opening Night: July 2 at Central Institutre of Technology, Leederville
When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra and the Theremin
A multi-award winning documentary highlighting the story of Persian-Armenian Armen Ra – a true master of the Theremin. Robert Nazar Arjoyan’s documentary features interviews with the performers and friends such as Amanda Lepore and Patricia Field, which explore his childhood, his musical inspirations, and his relationship to New York club culture. These engaging interviews are intercut with awe-inspiring footage of Ra performing.
Playing in July:
Sat 4th, 4:15pm – Paradiso
Sun 5th, 12noon – Luna SX
Fri 10th, 6:15pm – Luna Leederville (Limited tickets)
Sat 11th, 3:30PM – Luna SX
The Wrecking Crew
Tells the story of LA session musicians The Wrecking Crew. The session musicians worked with The Beach Boys, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, Phil Spector, Sonny and Cher, Herb Alpert, Sam Cooke, Sammy Davis Junior, Dean Martin, The Mamas and the Papas to name a few. The documentary tells the story of these session musicians, with the stars, the bands, musicians and producers all contributing with tales and insights into those unique musicians who crafted the sound at the birth of West Coast pop music – from surf and drag pop to the wall of sound, from rock and roll and beyond, The Wrecking Crew played it all, making some of the best loved music of the era. Punctuated throughout with archive footage, The Wrecking Crew is a both history and celebration.
Playing in July:
Tues 7th, 6:30 – Luna Leederville
Fri 10th, 7:50 – Luna Leederville
Sun 12th, 4pm SX
The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead
A documentary film telling the story of UK punk legends The Damned. Combining some gloriously anarchic live archival footage, interviews with original members Captain Sensible, David Vanian, Rat Scabies and Brian James, as well as later members of the band, their musical contemporaries such as The Pretenders‘ Chrissie Hynde, The Dead Kennedys‘ Jello Biafra and The Clash‘s Mick Jones, and of course The Damned‘s legion of fans, The Damned highlights the story of one of the most anarchic punk bands to have emerged from London in the seventies. Director Wes Oshoki’s documentary Lemmy was a cult hit, and The Damned Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead is the perfect successor.
Playing In July:
Sun 5th, 7pm – Luna SX
Fri 10th, 8pm – Luna Leederville (Limited tickets)
Sun 12th, 12noon – Luna Leederville
Industrial Soundtrack For the Urban Decay
A documentary film telling the story of industrial music. Groups such as Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA, SPK, and Test Dept created their own music that traced an influence through the likes of Surrealism, Dada and Futurism, Krautrock bands such as Kraftwerk, writers such as JG Ballard and William Burroughs, and electronic film scores, amongst others things. Industrial Soundtrack explores all of this, and more, offering a cultural context for the music alongside interviews with musicians such as Stephen Mallinder, Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti and many others.
Screens Sat 11 July, 3:50pm – Luna Leederville
More Revelation films here.