Images courtesy of Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove, Chris Jones & Lily Arthur
Brian Butler – “Out with my son ‘Pedro’ tonight at the Wrong Side of the Road, National Film & Sound Archive – Sydney Film Festival”
Event Cinemas George Street , NSW
Wrong Side of the Road (1981, MA15+)
Director: Ned Lander, Australia, 80mins
Producers: Graeme Isaac, Ned Lander,
Writers: Graeme Isaac, Ned Lander
Roads, rock and racism!
This iconic ’80s film, hailed as a game changer, has been brought back to life frame by painstaking frame. The soundtrack, in all its reggae-infused glory, has been restored to the filmmaker’s original vision. The film follows two days in the lives of Aboriginal bands Us Mob and No Fixed Address, as they trek from Port Adelaide to Point Pearce, South Australia.
The co-writers and band members – Bart Willoughby, Chris Jones, John Miller, Veronica Rankine, Ronnie Ansell, Peter ‘Pedro’ Butler and Wally McArthur – play themselves. The story is based on their real-life experiences and those of their community. Us Mob favours hard rock, No Fixed Address prefers a Jamaican reggae beat. This uncompromising film and its empowering music is as fresh and relevant today as it was 32 years ago.
‘Possesses a rough-edged power and no-holds-barred narrative that combines to make the movie compelling viewing’ – Rolling Stone
This session is presented by the Sydney Film Festival in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).
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