Across three nights and six films, watch the documentaries that pay homage to the bands that defined alternative music in the 1980s and 90s.
Tickets include film screening and late-night exhibition. Food and drinks will be available to purchase at Mary’s Grunge Bar and Kitchen.
Fri 2 Dec
6pm Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr (2021)
Dir Philipp Virus | 1h 22m | Australian Premiere
Their style and sound are unmistakable, later referred to as grunge, The Story of Dinosaur Jr is an homage to the band that helped define the American east coast rock scene in the 1990s.Featuring J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph, Kim Gordon, Henry Rollins, Bob Mould and Thurston Moore.
8pm The Man From Mo’Wax (2016)
Dir Matthew Jones | 1h 56m
Celebrating the heyday of vinyl culture and a high point for the independent dance music industry, The Man From Mo’Wax is a revealing portrait of James Lavelle and his pioneering record label Mo’Wax. Featuring James Lavelle, DJ Shadow, Joshua Homme, Badly Drawn Boy, Robert Del Naja (3D), Ian Brown, Futura, Thom Yorke and Grandmaster Flash.
Sat 3 Dec
6pm Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust (2013)
Dir Matt Weston | 1h 35m
They were adopted by grunge nobility, but the main reason Cosmic Psychos frontman Ross Knight wore the flannel shirt was because he’s a farmer. Commercial and music video director (and musician himself) Matt Weston branches out with his first feature, documenting our most unlikely stars. How did three mongrel rockers, who wrote songs about dead ‘roos, pies and beer, conquer the globe with some of the most revered bands of the 90s?
8pm Instrument (1999)
Dir Jem Cohen | 1h 55m
A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington DC band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period from 1987–1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a portrait of musicians at work. The project mixes sync-sound, 16mm.
Sun 4 Dec
2pm Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
Dir Brett Morgen | 2h 25m
With materials from Kurt Cobain’s own journals, home-taped monologues and family home videos, Montage of Heck is an in-depth examination of the Nirvana frontman’s childhood, music career and untimely death.
5pm I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney (2012)
Dirs Adam Pease, Ryan Short | 1h 40m
The story of Seattle grunge band Mudhoney told from the very beginning. This documentary is the true story of the founding fathers of grunge. Complete with testimonials from friends, music industry veterans and musicians such as Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Mudhoney themselves.
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