MIFF 2020: Documentary Shorts Program

Up at Night (2019)

Director: Nelson Makengo

Country: Congo

When the power cable is cut to a community the residents have to resort to expensive generators and finding every cheap torch they can scrounge to keep living their lives.

Is a gimmick having three screens and I am not sure if it is used that well as most of the time they are having the same image displayed. Why not just have the one image?

There is no real narrator here and the people tell their own stories. There is some repetition with the generator being filled up with diesel each night and the cycle of the night begins again.

People will find a way to survive no matter the circumstances. It also shows you no matter what your circumstances there are people living in worse conditions than you.


Umbilical (2019)

Director: Danski Tang

Countries: USA, China

A mother and daughter share their experiences as a survivor of domestic violence and growing up living in boarding school respectively.

A nice simple animation style with more representative animation than realistic and some touches of surrealism to suit the mood.

This was a very sweet short with some of the exchanges between the mother and daughter.


Sky Aelans (2020)

Director: Daniel Kakadi, Neil Nuia, Mannar Levo, Junior Patrick Kauha Makau, Zahiyd Namo, Regina Lepping, Jeremy Gwao, Georgianna Lepping, Edward Manuga

Country: Solomon Islands

In the Solomon Islands all areas about 400 metres have been declared a conservation area known as the “sky islands”. This short presents a poem and striking images of the flora and fauna of the region and the people who still live in it following traditional ways.

This is a bit different than just having the usual nature documentary with a commentary and there is clearly a lot of care that has gone into producing this. Hopefully it goes on to have a wide audience.



Playback (2019)

Director: Agustina Comedi

Country: Argentina

The narrator tells the story of a close friend who died of AIDS in the early 90s through video captured from the late 80s and early 90s of the drag scene in Córdoba, Argentina. As they say this is the way they would have wanted the story to turn out so there is a lot of “let’s say this is” and then the person is named.

While the old school video effect is popular these days, actually finding and watching old video is a lot harder as it was expensive to get the camera back in the day and a lot of tapes were recorded over multiple times. VHS tapes are also not usually stored the correct way as for proper archival storage they have to be stored with tension and having them rewound is not.

A great story and sad story but it does show the humanity of its subjects and gives you a view into a scene not many people would know about if you were not into this type of lifestyle.


Birds of Paradise (2019)

Director: Aline Suter, Céline Carridroit

Country: Switzerland

A woman tells her life story with the aid of a photo album and some video in how she married young and then found out she became HIV positive in the 80s when a lot of people did not live for very long. As she said with medication it is possible to live a normal life these days.

This is a great story and proves that you do not need to show much to tell a story. They didn’t even need to “Ken Burns effect” the photos to make them more animated. Nice cameo of her grown up daughter at the end.


All Cats Are Grey in the Dark (2019)

Director: Lasse Linder

Country: Switzerland

Christian lives with his two Russian Blue cats and does not seem to have much else in his life, but that seems to be working out for him and that’s the main thing.

This is an extraordinary amount of access the film maker has been granted to this person’s life and Christian does “let it all hang out” at times. At least put on some pants when you go out to get the mail.

I can confirm that this breed of cats are as dumb as but people seem to like them. Strangely they don’t show the cat giving birth given they were happy enough to show a middle aged man in tiny undies.

From what I heard this is an audience favourite wherever it screens. Maybe save this one to watch until the end of the program and not the one about the refugee camp if you are watching it in the MIFF program.


3 Logical Exits (2020)

Director: Mahdi Fleifel

Countries: Denmark, UK, Lebanon

The director has been filming the same person in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon since he was 10. The title comes from the only three ways people can exit the camp: going to jail, emigrating or dying.

It is mainly the interview subject talking to the camera and telling his story over the years and does not seem to be very promising.

I do not know why they need to show the incident at the end, it does not directly involve the subject as he was only in the funeral afterwards. Maybe don’t watch this as the final film for the documentary shorts session.

MIFF 2020: Mogul Mowgli (2020)

Director: Bassam Tariq

Writers: Riz Ahmed, Bassam Tariq

Stars: Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Aiysha Hart, Nabhaan Rizwan, Anjana Vasan


British rapper Zed (Riz Ahmed) is a hip hop artist around mid-tier in the US circuit after 15 years hard slog. He has finally gotten his break getting a support slot for a European tour with a much bigger act and decides to stop by in England and visit his parents who he hasn’t seen for several years. As things turn out he ends up having to stay a lot longer as he finds he has a genetic condition and he has to face some hard truths about himself and his past.

I got this film with the 3 film music bundle and was not really on board as it is not my preferred genre so it had to win me over. The music performance scenes and music is impressive as Riz Ahmed wrote it himself and there are a lot of other musicians on the cast. “Pussy Fried Chicken” was written by Nabhaan Rizwan who plays the younger rapper RPG as Riz Ahmed says “he is not that genius”.

It does feel very authentic as it is based on Riz’s own story and he met the director while working on a film and they wanted to work together. A lot of the things from the film are based on their actual experiences.

I liked his dad’s many cardigans and when he goes to their house and finds his parents still have not used the new washer “the old one still works”. The scene where they are talking about names is from the Riz Ahmed’s own journey where he has a name only his family and friends used and his now shortened name for his acting and music work.

He also said in the Q&A that they didn’t want to go down the usual route of this type of story by having either a social realist/anthropological or comedy type story. It is more based on Eastern style storytelling that involves dreams and things repeating in a cycle as you not meant to know what is real all the time.

Nabhaan Rizwan as RPG was also great as the next generation who idolises Zed, but knows that he can’t stand him. In real life Riz Ahmed has the opposite feeling towards this actor as he is a lot like him in many ways.

Alyy Khann who plays Zed’s father is great as he is very Indian but also very English. “I do tell you what I think but you don’t listen to me”. He is very conservative but does still love his son. His mother is more understanding and seems stuck in the middle of the two.

I would recommend this one if you are a fan of hip hop, rap and spoken word. Also if you are the kind of person who would record Eminem over the tape of their parents’ wedding VHS like Riz Ahmed did.



The Long Goodbye – short film


MIFF 2020: The Go-Go’s (2020)

Director: Alison Ellwood

The Go-Go’s: Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin

Featuring: Elissa Bello, Paula Jean Brown, Ginger Canzoneri, Chris Connelly, Miles A. Copeland III, Stewart Copeland, Lynval Golding, Lee Thompson, Kathleen Hanna, Madness, The Specials, The Police

While the English punk scene is well known and maybe overdone by now, not as much has been heard about US punk bands especially out of the Los Angeles punk scene. Given there are now elderly punks they need to get onto it quick before too many more people pass away.

I do like going to see women musicians even more than some all-male bands even though I do get made fun of for it. If I didn’t like the music I would not keep going to see the artist.

I had heard of this band’s hits but did not know that much about the band apart from the lead singer’s solo career. It was great to see everyone from the band is still with us even though it looked to be touch and go for a couple of them due to health and drug abuse issues for a time.

The band was very young when they started which would have been rough in such an aggressive and male dominated scene such as punk. We do get to see some great archival photos including Belinda Carlisle in a garbage bag

I did not know the band had toured with the Specials and Madness in the UK and that tour looked pretty rough with the National Front turning up at the shows. Always good to hear from both those bands as SKA has a lot of crossover with punk including people playing in various bands together.

The band’s first hit was a result of this tour as none of the local labels wanted to touch them as they thought they would not do well.

It is a well told story of the band’s rise and three albums and then eventual fall due to inter personal conflict in the band, management issues and health problems. The members did not talk to each other for several years even though some eventually started working with Belinda Carlisle on her work and of course the band got back together due to the reason these things always happen, money.

The animosity between band members is mentioned but not the fact there was a lawsuit only a few years back. What happens with a lot of bands is that people end up having to work together even if they are not really friends by the end of it due to the money involved.

I would recommend this documentary if you are fan of girl bands and it would make a great movie to screen along with the No Time for Quiet documentary that came out last year about the Girls Rock! Camp.


MIFF 2020: Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020)

Director: TT The Artist

Featuring: Uneek, Mighty Mark, Tsu Terry, TT The Artist

Baltimore is a city well known for its crime rate and featuring as the setting for the Wire but I have not heard the latter and did not know much about the city’s artistic scene before this film. Several of the participants of the documentary mention their city not being able to catch a break.

I admit I am not much into the style of music promoted in this film but it was good to see it for something different and it is well packaged.

This is not a straight documentary as people seem to be putting on a performance while they tell their story even people speaking directly to the camera. I would describe it as a music documentary with some social commentary thrown in.

The story explored is the music and club scene of Baltimore and some of the featured artists and major events such as the Queen of Baltimore and King of Baltimore events that are a major thing for the city. The King of Baltimore could have been a documentary all on its own.

It is a very well shot documentary and even the bad parts of the city look good including the Cherry Hill section where they describe it as being one of the worst parts of the city.

If anything it makes the city look too good, but you would think they would want to make the city look attractive for people wanting to work with the artists there. Strangely there do not seem to be any visual artists or anyone involved in non-music or dance works involved but hopefully they do get a boost from this documentary.

They do mention Club Queen Records set up by the director to promote people of colour and women in traditional male-dominated music genres.

While you will get more into this documentary if you are into what they are selling, there is still a lot here to enjoy and see into a scene you would not hear from otherwise.


MIFF 2020: Animation Shorts Program

Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother (2020)

Director: Stephen Irwin

A hunter in the forest shoots a magical wood elf and then has his house destroyed by rainbows, then things start to get weird.

A very strange and funny short with interesting animation and a big hairy man breast feeding magic elves to grow their beards.

While the short starts out as black and white, it quickly becomes more colourful and strange. It does look like cut out paper animation in parts but it is more detailed from than that.

Interesting character designs and funny to watch even if you do not really know what is going on.


Wade (2020)

Directors: Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, Kalp Sanghvi

Writers: Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, Kalp Sanghvi

Set in 2042 after global warming has destroyed the city of Calcutta, the survivors look for food on the flooded streets only to be confronted by a pack of tigers. Who will survive?

Nice painted style for setting the scenes of the ruined city and the animation style is similar with detailed characters that suit the story.

There are some confronting images and situations in this short, but it does make for a more realistic story. From the first time I saw one of the characters with a mask on the back of their head I knew there would be a tiger attack as I have seen such a thing in stories about tiger attacks as they always attack the third person in a group of people (some people wear motorbike helmets instead).

This is meant to be speculative fiction but it does feel like the real world and they do not show you how many people have died from the result of climate change, only the survivors and what their lives have been reduced to.

Statement by director


Something to Remember (2019)

Director & Scriptwriter: Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Animals in human clothes sing a mournful tune and then the world ends, again.

A great little stop motion animated story with a fully realised world that has its own story.

We don’t find out if the animals took over this world from the humans or it is an alternate reality where humans never existed but CERN is involved somehow.



Mother Bunker (2020)

Director: George Metaxas

Producers: Pia Dulu, Jason N. Rodriguez, George Metaxas

In the robot bunker after the humans have been destroyed a robot puts on a show.

A great little stop motion animated short with an interesting setting and self-contained setting. Almost feels a shame it is over so quickly.

Even though killer robots have been done a lot in science fiction, this is original as why would robots want to see a drag show? They are 1s and 0s and would not have time for culture I thought?



Kapaemahu (2020)

Director: Directed by Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, and Dean Hamer

The traditional lore of how the traditional healing knowledge of the native Hawaiians came to the islands is told through the story of the four healers who gave their spirits to the stones and how it has been forgotten.

While I know a bit about Hawaiian culture as does everyone due to the popularity of surfing and the shirts, I have not really heard much about the native culture in terms of their own stories. This was a great animated short and contained a lot of information in a short time.

I would recommend this one if you are interested in Hawaii at all and want to learn more about it.


Inès (2019)

Director: Élodie Dermange

A young woman has to make a momentous decision that will affect her life. While it is not directly discussed what that is, the film does heavily imply something in that direction.

An interesting short in that it looks like every frame is a separate watercolour painting for the main figures as the hair and clothes change tone from frame to frame. Rather than making the whole thing look choppy and amateur it makes it look endearing and gives it a unique style.

There are not many characters in the film but it still manages to tell a good story from them and only the one location.


Human Nature (2019)

Director: Sverre Fredriksen and Zaou Vaughan

In a world where the humans are the animals and cats look at funny human memes on their phones we get this film.

This was one of my favourites due to the animation style of stop motion sewn puppets and such strange scenes as the human cats and the field of human cows.

Not too sure if some of the images are safe for work but it is a funny film any way.



He Can’t Live Without Cosmos (2019)

Director: Konstantin Bronzit

Screenplay: Konstantin Bronzit

A young boy is born into a spacesuit near the cosmodrome and his mother tries to stop him from going to space, but can’t stop destiny.

While simply animated and only set in the one room mostly, it manages to tell a heartfelt and sweet story about motherly love and connection.

Some things are never answered like why the boy is born into a spacesuit but it does not really matter as they are treated like a normal child by their mother and even rugged up in winter even though they are already in a spacesuit.



Ghosts (2020)

Director: Park Jee-youn

Two people in a flooded room are shadowed by a crow and strange things happen.

Given the fact that this is a film festival and the animation shorts program you occasionally get things that make no sense and try your patience. This is one of those.

I did enjoy the animation style and surrealism of it but not really much else as it did drag on and on.


Flesh (2019)

Director: Camila Kater

Cast: Helena Ignez, Larissa Rahal, Raquel Virginia, Rachel Patricio, Valquiria Rosa

Various women recount their own stories related to their own bodies over various stages of their lives. Several different animation styles are used and they are very effective.

One of my favourite shorts for the program and I would recommend this one to health educators and parents talking to their children about health issues.

Even though it is in another language and I don’t actually know these people, the way these stories are told is very engaging and I wanted to hear how they turned out.

I did like the one that was animated by being painted onto dinner plates as it looked like it was very time consuming.



MIFF 2020: Hong Kong Moments (2020)

Director: Bing Zhou

Considering how many movies I have watched from this city over the years I have somewhat of a vested interested in the current issues there. I sort of know people who live there now or just like annoying them on the internet and was following the whole thing via twitter and social media via multiple accounts right up to the point people started being set on fire. Given the bushfire situation in Australia at the time, it was just all too much for me and I had to stop following everything from that city apart from the regular media.

It is hard to get a sense of what was actually going on during the protests just following the activist accounts as they tended to amplify and focus on every little thing and it was just too close to everything. Any other opinion was blocked out and shouted down online until it seemed like only one side was the correct one.

Seeing how events you are directly involved in contribute to history is almost impossible as you are right there and can’t see the perspective. Given the long colonial history of Hong Kong and the British East India Company in China these are issues that are hundreds of years old already.

This documentary is different in that there is no narrator or anyone connecting the different people’s stories together. There are seven different people’s experiences shown from taxi driving uncles, teahouse owner aunties, a PTU officer, a front line protestor, councillors on the government and pro-democracy side and an EMT who attended the protests for several months.

From what the director said they had seven different teams following the people over the same time period. There were professionals doing the drone shots and they made an official application to be accredited as media and where open and honest as to what the footage would be used for.

The camera operator at the front line protests was an Australian and had the full protective gear including a bullet proof vest.

Something that really stood out was them having a police officer’s viewpoint and they said it took at least a month to get approval to film with them. The police officer said he does not mind being trashed online, but has trouble with his family going through the same thing. He admits he is the same age as a lot of the protestors.

Even the hard line frontline protestor admitted that the government had been playing the protestors and police off each other to gain the favour of the public to their own ends. “If I had a gun I would not want to shoot a cop”.

With the insane partisan politics of how things are discussed online or in the Murdoch mainstream media these days, it was refreshing to see the actual people behind the viewpoints and you can’t just outright dismiss their opinions if you know why they hold them and how they came about them.

This documentary will be a subject of study in politics and social studies classes for many years to come and will hopefully get a wider audience online even if a lot of people behind the Chinese firewall will not get to see it.



Q&A at DOK.fest Munich 2020

Vale Caravan Music Club (2009 – 2020)

I know the official year of the Caravan Music Club being founded was 2007, but I never went to any of the house party gigs except for a few at someone else’s house they helped put together but never at Pete’s place.

2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020

Carnival of Suburbia 2011 / 2012 / 2013


Oakleigh Bowling Club

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word First and Last Hotel CD Launch
with Walker and the Celestial Railroad Band, Sarah Carroll, Kerri Simpson and Alison Lang
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Friday 13th February 2009

Chris Wilson & The Spidermen
with Sarah Carroll & Marcel Borrack
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Friday 4th September 2009

OBC Folk Club
with Suzannah Espie, Chris Altman, Fireside Bellows (Jordie Lane and Tracy McNeil), Liz Stringer, Van Walker
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Friday 4th December 2009

New Year’s Eve Summer Soul Shakedown
with Continental Robert, Andy Baylor and the Caravan of Soul Orchestra, Tracey Miller and the Soulettes, DJ Johnny Topper
Caravan Music Club, 31st December 2009



Pirates of Beer
with special guests Shulah and Mym Hampson
Friday 15th January 2010

Models Super Orchestra
featuring Sean Kelly, Andrew Duffield, Mark Ferrie, Jack Howard, Billy Miller and Cal MacAlpine
Friday 5th February 2010

Eilen Jewell
with Fireside Bellows
Friday 5th March 2010

The Junes
Sunday 14th March 2010

Eddi Reader
with Jen Cloher
Wednesday 31st March 2010

Ron Hawkins
with Mick Thomas, Van Walker
Friday 2nd April 2010

TinPan Orange
with special guests Leah Flanagan and Harry Angus
Friday 7th May 2010

Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller
Sunday 9th May 2010

Don Walker
with Roy Payne
Friday 21st May 2010

Suzie Dickinson 19 Steps CD Launch
with Gen Finnane and Flora Smith
Friday 18th June 2010

Models Super Orchestra
featuring Sean Kelly, Billy Miller, James Black, Mark Ferrie, Jack Howard, Cal McAlpine
Friday 2nd July 2010

Shane Howard Goanna Dreaming CD Launch
Special guests Sally Dastey, Amy Saunders, Kerryn Tolhurst, Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach and many more
Friday 16th July 2010

Renee Geyer
with Tracey Miller
Friday 23rd July 2010

The Dingoes
with Mick Thomas and Michael Barclay
Wednesday 4th August 2010

Shane Howard Goanna Dreaming CD Launch
with Dan Sultan and Scott Wilson
Friday 27th August 2010

Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier Half Man Half Woman CD Launch
with Phia and special guest James Black
Friday 10th September 2010

Vika and Linda Bull
with Cyndi Boste
Friday 17th September 2010

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2010
with JVG Guitar Method, Rebecca Barnard, Billy Miller, Ian Bland, South of the River Community Gospel Choir, Jack Howard, Grant Hansen
Friday 24th September 2010

Lil’ Band O’ Gold
Wednesday 29th September 2010

Dog Trumpet
with Lisa Miller, Shane O’Mara and Loretta Miller
Friday 8th October 2010

The Little Stevies
with Isaac De Heer
Friday 5th November 2010

The Killer
starring Paul Dawber as Jerry Lee Lewis and Tracey Miller as Linda Gail Lewis
Thursday 11th November 2010 (dress rehersal)

Mary Gauthier
with Tania Elizabeth, Charles Jenkins
Friday 3rd December 2010

Tracey Miller “I Can Tell” CD Launch
with the Sun Kings
Friday 10th December 2010

Models Super Orchestra New Year’s Eve Spectacular
with Rebecca Barnard, Stephen Cummings
Friday 31st December 2010



Charlie Parr
with Dan Kelly
Friday 7th January 2011

Abby Dobson Quartet
Friday 14th January 2011

The Black Sorrows
with Adventure Spirit
Friday 28th January 2011

Tim Rogers in Saligia
with Melanie Robinson, Jen M Thomas, Shane O’Mara, Ian Graindage, Ben Hendry, Shannon Birchall
Thursday 17th February 2011

Fiona Lee Maynard Stiletto Survival (Part 1) CD Launch
with the Stiletto Survival Band and Ron S. Peno & the Superstitions
Sunday 6th March 2011

Carnival of Suburbia 2011

Blackeyed Susans
with the Darling Downs
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Friday 11th March 2011

Tinpan Orange
with Hayward Williams
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Saturday 12th March 2011

Big Gospel Breakfast
with Tracey Miller and the Sinnermen
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 13th March 2011

Great Southern BBQ
with Chris Altmann & Que Paso
and special guests Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Anna Burley, Matt Walker, Tim Rogers
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 13th March 2011

The DC3 “Melbourne’s Burning”
with PB Croft
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Thursday 17th March 2011

Tim Rogers and the Temperance Union with Adalita
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Friday 18th March 2011

JVG Stopping All Stations (Except East Richmond)
with JVG Guitar Method, The Orbweavers Duo, Mick Thomas, Greg Macainsh, Jane Clifton, Gary Adams, Dan Warner, Ian Bland, Monique Dimattina, Marcel Borrack, Bob Starkie
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Saturday 19th March 2011

Flavours of Oakleigh Festival
with MC Rebecca Barnard, Eagle and the Worm, Bobby Flynn, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission, Vika and Linda, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
Caravan Music Club Stage, Warrawee Park, Oakleigh
Sunday 20th March 2011

Band Who Knew Too Much Festival After party
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 20th March 2011

Graveyard Train
with Little John
Friday 25th March 2011

The Dingoes
with Cyndi Boste
Saturday 2nd April 2011

Rosie Flores
with the Rich Family Band
Thursday 14th April 2011

Tony Joe White
with Tracy McNeil
Thursday 21st April 2011

The Felice Brothers
with Caitlin Rose
Sunday 24th April 2011

Forever Young – The Songs of Bob Dylan
with MC Derek Guille, Van Walker, Adventure Spirit, Tracey Miller, Loretta Miller, Andy Baylor, Suzannah Espie, Charles Jenkins, Ash Naylor, Lisa Miller, Stephen Cummings, Shane Howard, Myra Howard, Joe Camilleri, Atlanta Coogan, Vika and Linda Bull
Friday 27th May 2011

Dave Graney & the Lurid Yellow Mist
with Penny Ikinger
Saturday 2nd July 2011

Graveyard Train
with Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
Friday 8th July 2011

Rebecca Barnard
with David Hosking
Friday 26th August 2011

Ed Kuepper
with Mark Dawson
Saturday 10th September 2011

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes
with Leon Thomas
Friday 23rd September 2011

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2011
with JVG Guitar Method, Marngrook Footy Show panel, Billy Miller, Jack Howard, Dave Evans as Harry “Happy” Hammond, Rebecca Barnard, Ian Bland
Friday 30th September 2011

Jeff Lang “Carried in Mind” CD Launch
with Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer, Jordie Lane
Friday 14th October 2011

Sheilas of the 70s
with Rebecca Barnard, Kerri Simpson, Monique Brumby
Sunday 16th October 2011

Folk Uke
with 49 Goodbyes
Thursday 10th November 2011

Lisa Miller
with Ron Peno and the Superstitions
Friday 9th December 2011

Stax on Soul XMAS Revue 2011
with the Stax on Soul Revue band (Matt Green, Grant Cummerford, Dynamo Horns, Danny McKenna, Brendan McMahon)
guest vocalists Kylie Auldist, Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer, Mick Pealing, Ian Collard, Matt Walker, Sime Nugent, Alice Keith, Peter Punk, Loretta Miller
Friday 16th December 2011

Models Super Orchestra New Year’s Eve Spectacular 2011
with Stephen Cummings, Eve von Bibra
Saturday 31st January 2011



J. Mascis
with Ben Salter
Friday 6th January 2012

Bob Log III
with Spencer P Jones
Friday 13th January 2012

Van Walker ‘Undeneath the Radar’ CD Launch
with Roesy
Friday 27th January 2012

Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
with Stella Angelico & The Wilhelm Scream
Saturday 4th February 2012

with the Junes
Friday 10th February 2012

Jordie Lane
with Luke Brennan Band, Sweet Jean
Saturday 11th February 2012

The Transplants Concert for DonateLife Week 2012
with special guest Derryn Hinch, FLYBZ, Paul Greene as Elvis
Sunday 19th February 2012

Painters and Dockers
Live cross to Adam Hills’ in Gordon St Tonight
Monday 20th February 2012

Shane Howard
with Ross Hannaford and Bart Willoughby
Thursday 23rd February 2012

Dust Radio Band Russian Doll CD launch
with Suzannah Espie and Ian Collard
Sunday 4th March 2012

Carnival of Suburbia 2012

Stopping All Stations (Except East Richmond) 2012
Description: with MC JVG, Ian Bland, Ben Birchall, the Orbweavers duo, Gary Adams, David Bridie, Mic Conway, Mick Thomas, Lucie Thorne, Marcel Borrack, JVG Guitar Method, Wes and Horse Harrington, Skyhooks
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Thursday 8th March 2012

with Dan Waters, The Nymphs
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Friday 9th March 2012

Mic Conway
with Robbie Long
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Friday 9th March 2012

Dave Warner
with Paul Madigan
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Saturday 10th March 2012

Big Gospel Breakfast
with the South of the River Community Gospel Choir, Bob Sedergreen, Chris Wilson
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 11th March 2012

The Audreys
with the Language of Birds
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 11th March 2012

Pieta Brown and the Sawdust Boys
with Lucie Thorne
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Wednesday 14th March 2012

Eilen Jewell and band
with Sweet Jean
Sunday 25th March 2012

The Sonics
with Fearless Vampire Killers
Friday 27th April 2012

Neil Hamburger
with Frank Lee Earnest and the Empty Glasses, Misfits Stunt Crew, Dr El Suavo
Friday 4th May 2012

Saloon Shaker
with Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Tracy McNeil, Saint Jude, Ruby Boots, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The ReChords
Friday 25th May 2012

Vika and Linda
with She Said Zed
Sunday 10th June 2012

Juke Joint Jump
with Three Kings, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Benny and the Fly by Niters
Friday 29th June 2012

Dave O’Neil’s Caravan Comedy Club
with MC Dave O’Neil, Adam Zwar, Glenn Robbins, Damian Callinan and special guest Nathan Houlihan
Thursday 5th July 2012

The Toot Toot Toots
with Howl at the Moon
Friday 6th July 2012

Sherry Rich and the New Folk Heroes Dakota Avenue CD Launch
with Dan Brodie
Saturday 14th July 2012

with MC Mohair Slim, Continental Robert, Clairy Browne, Tracey Miller, Loretta Miller, Timothy Slater,
and the Hullabaloo all-star band: Andy Baylor, Paul Williamson, Barnaby Gold, Dale Lindrea, Don Stewart, Andrew Ogburn, Dean Wilson
special guests the Hullabaloo dancers – Camilla and Simoncee
Friday 20th July 2012

Don Walker and the Sauve Fucks
with Roy Payne
Friday 27th July 2012

Exile on Main St 40th Anniversary Show
with Nick Barker, Dave Larkin, Pat Carmody, Ash Naylor, Spencer P Jones, The Wolfgramm Sisters, Matt Sonic, Helen Yotis
Exile Band: Jack Howard, Ben Marsland, Carl Treasure, James Black, Ryan Brown, Ben Curnow, Simon Aarons, Jorge Balaas
Saturday 28th July 2012

Graveyard Train
with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk
Friday 10th August 2012

Lanie Lane
with Sean Ainsworth
Sunday 12th August 2012

Over the River and Back Exhibition Opening 2012
Special guest photographer Lyn Young
with Sarah and Suzannah, Ian Bland
Wedenesday 15th August 2012

The Slaughtermen
Saturday 18th August 2012

Baby et Lulu
Friday 24th August 2012

Chris Wilson
with Shannon Bourne, Heather Stewart, Sarah Carroll, Fenn & George Wilson
Saturday 1st September 2012

Gram Parsons Tribute
with Suzannah Espie, Van and Cal Walker, Sherry Rich, Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair, Jeb Cardwell, Brooke Penrose, Fraser A. Gorman, Sweet Jean, Michael Hubbard, Sean McMahon, Steve Clifford, Alison Ferrier and backing band Matt Green, Garret Costigan, Brendan McMahon, Grant Cummerford, Roger Bergodaz
Saturday 15th September 2012

Greg Champion at the Caravan Music Club 20/09/12
with the Low-ranking draft picks
Thursday 20th September 2012

Tinpan Orange
with Miles and Simone
Saturday 22nd September 2012

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2012
with Ian Bland, Johnny Von Goes, Ash Davies, Dale Lindrea, Rebecca Barnard, Billy and Bella Miller, Jack Howard, Charles Jenkins, Simon Madden, Paulie Stewart, Dave Pace
Friday 28th September 2012

Return of the Voodoo Sheiks
with Joe Camilleri & John McAll
Sunday 30th September 2012

Clip Clop Club
Sunday 14th October 2012

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
with Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 19th October 2012

Citadel Records 30th Anniversary
with The DomNicks, Deniz Tek, Penny Ikinger
Friday 26th October 2012

Suzannah Espie “Sea of Lights” Album Launch
Description: with Charles Jenkins, Liz Stringer, Chris Altmann and Grant Cummerford
Friday 2nd November 2012

Caravan Music Club 5th Birthday
MC Jon Von Goes, Ian Bland, Stephen Cummings, Tracy Miller
Models Super Orchestra with Mark Ferrie, Sean Kelly, Andrew Duffield, Billy Miller, Cal McAlpine, Jack Howard, Eve von Bibra
Friday 9th November 2012

Ian Bland “Angel in Reverse” CD Launch
with the Lamington Drive Orchestra, Angie Hart
Saturday 10th November 2012

JVG Guitar Method
with MC Brian Nankervis
Winnebago Lounge, Saturday 17th November 2012

Perch Creek Family Jug Band
with the Bearded Gypspy Band
Friday 30th November 2012

Chris Altmann “Nothing but Nice Things” Album launch
with the Altmann Revue Band
and special guests Henry Wagons, Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Ange Boxall
Saturday 1st December 2012

The Rebelles & The SKA Vendors Christmas Show
with Gator Queen
Saturday 15th December 2012

The Black Sorrows
Friday 21st December 2012

The Dingoes at the Caravan Music Club 30/12/12
with Steve Hoy and Ross Hanaford
Sunday 30th December 2012

New Year’s Eve 2012 at the Caravan Music Club
with Sarah Carroll and the Psychedelic Wildmen, Chris Wilson, the Pirates of Beer
Monday 31st December 2012



Wooden Music Tour
with the Bearded Gypsy Band, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, the Perch Creek Family Jug Band
Friday 1st February 2013

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk
Sunday 3rd February 2013

Carnival of Suburbia 2013

Graveyard Train
with Ron S Peno and the Superstitions
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Friday 8th March 2013

JVG’s Stopping All Stations (Except East Richmond) 2013
with MC JVG, Ian Bland, Greg Champion, The Orbweavers, Billy Miller, Ash Davies, Dale Lindrea, Monique DiMattina, Billy Miller, John Kennedy, Ron Rude, Dr Pump, Wes and Horse Harrington, Cal McAlpine, Paulie Stewart, The Skyhooks (Bob Starkie, Greg Macainsh, Bob Spencer, Laura Davidson)
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Saturday 9th March 2013

Gospel Breakfast
with Tracey Miller and the Sinnermen
and special guests the Trailer Trash Choir and South of the River Community Gospel Choir
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Sunday 10th March 2013

Ross Wilson at the RWQ at the Caravan Music Club 10/03/13
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Sunday 10th March 2013

The Orbweavers
with Sailor Days
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Friday 15th March 2013

The After Dinner Moose Revue – the songs of Peter Lillie
Description: with the Leisuremasters (Mark Ferrie, Ash Davies, Jon von Goes, Rick Dempster, James Black) and guest vocalists Suzannah Espie, Angie Hart, Sean Kelly & Andrew Duffield (Models), Spencer P Jones, Fred Negro, Mick Thomas, Lisa Miller, Simon Bailey (Pony Face), Dan Warner, Paul Madigan, Jane Clifton, Johnny Topper, Robert Price, Leslie Avril, Brian Nankervis, Gary Adams, Ian Bland
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Saturday 16th March 2013

Oakleigh Music Festival Day 2013
with Seattle Fix, Sol Nation, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Chris Wilson, Mick Pealing and the Prairie Oysters, Ross Hannaford and the Critters
Warrawee Park, Sunday 17th March 2013

Livingstone Daises CD Launch
with the Large Number Twelves
Friday 22nd March 2013

The Hillbilly Killers
with Lisa Miller and Shane O’Mara
Saturday 30th March 2013

Stephen Pigram
with Gallie
Friday 19th April 2013

Flamin’ Groovies
with EVEN
Saturday 27th April 2013

Chris Wilson/Sandi Thom
Saturday 4th May 2013

WHOW Fundraiser 2013
with MC Brian Nankervis, Maya Weiss, Chris Wilson, Models Super Orchestra (Sean Kelly, Mark Ferrie, Andrew Duffield, Billy Miller, Eve von Bibra, Cal McAlpine)
Saturday 11th May 2013

Stan Ridgway
with Andrew Swift, Brooke Russ and the Mean Reds
Sunday 19th May 2013

Reverend Horton Heat
with Mojo Juju
Thursday 23rd May 2013

The Break
Thursday 30th May 2013

The Woohoo Revue
with Vardos
Friday 7th June 2013

Bluegrass Extravaganza
wtih The Davidson Brothers, Mustered Courage
Friday 16th August 2013

Dog Trumpet
with Lisa Miller and Shane O’Mara
Saturday 17th August 2013

The Slaughtermen
Saturday 24th August 2013

Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs
with Martin Cilia
Saturday 31st August 2013

Loretta Miller and band
Sunday 8th September 2013

Caravan Campfire Sessions
with Suzannah Espie, Marlon Williams, Kerryn Fields
Wednesday 11th September 2013

JVG Guitar Method
with MC Brian Nankervis
Winnebago Lounge at the Caravan Music Club, Friday 13th September 2013

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2013
Description: with Dave Warner, Jon von Goes, Billy Miller, Ash Davies, Dale Lindrea, Dave Evans, Rebecca Barnard, Van and Cal Walker, Simon Madden, Loretta Miller, Horse Harrington, Paulie Stewart, Jack Howard
Friday 27th September 2012

Crown of Thorns
with Liam Gerner & the Alan Ladds, Steve Tallis
Monday 4th November 2013

Tinpan Orange
with She Said Zed
Saturday 9th November 2013

Jordie Lane
with Marlon Williams, Old Man Luedecke
Sunday 10th November 2013

3 Artists, 3 Nations
with Mel Parsons, Suzannah Espie and Rose Cousins
Thursday 21st November 2013

Kinky Friedman
with Van Walker
Thursday 28th November 2013

Don Walker Hully Gully album launch
with Suzannah Espie, Roy Payne
Friday 29th November 2013

Dale Watson and His Lone Stars
with Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 30th November 2013

Stax on Soul Revue Christmas Show 2013
with the Stax on Soul Revue band (Matt Green, Dynamo Horns, Danny McKenna, Brendan McMahon)
with Peter Punk, Wayne Jury, Emily Lubitz, Liz Stringer Ian Collard, Suzannah Espie
Saturday 14th December 2013

The Black Sorrows
Friday 20th December 2013

New Year’s Eve at the Caravan Music Club 2013
with Sarah Carroll and Her Psychedelic Wildmen, Chris Wilson
Tuesday 31st December 2012



Dog Trumpet
with Bernie Hayes
Friday 24th January 2014

with the Ghouls Gambit
Saturday 15th February 2014

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
with Mark Snarski, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats
Friday 7th March 2014

Hullabaloo – A Celebration of New Orleans Music
with MC Roul Moutard, Tracey Miller, Loretta Miller, Lisa Miller, Wilbur Wilde, Ross Wilson
and the Hullabaloo all-star band: Andy Baylor, James Black, Paul Williamson, Steve Hadley, Lenny Ramos, Ray Pierra, Don Stewart, Sam Lemann
special guests the Hullabaloo dancers – Stella and Ruby
Saturday 15th March 2014

Oakleigh Music Festival Day 2014
with Oakleigh City Band, Santa & Maria, Tracey Miller Trio, Nick Barker, Tinpan Orange, Martha Davis and the Motels, Stax On Soul Revue Band
Warrawee Park, Sunday 16th March 2013

Good Lovelies
with the Little Stevies (duo)
Saturday 29th March 2014

Neil Murray Album Launch
with Yirrmal
Friday 4th April 2014

Sally Seltman
with Wintercoats
Friday 11th April 2014

The Bad Shepherds
with Anne of the Wolves
Sunday 20th April 2014

with MC Brian Nankervis, Paul Harris, Robyn Hitchcock
Thursday 8th May 2014

Forever Young – The Songs of Bob Dylan 09/05/14
with Van Walker, Harry Hookey, Charles Jenkins, Liz Stringer, Gallie, Greg Field, Deborah Conway, Suzannah Espie, Robyn Hitchcock, Mick Thomas, Jen Anderson, Ruby Boots, Shane Howard, Chris Wilson
and house band the Underlings – Ash Naylor, Bruce Haymes, Phil Luscombe, Ross Hannaford, Steve Hadley
Friday 9th May 2014

Forever Young – The Songs of Bob Dylan (Sunday) 11/05/14
with Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Gallie, Greg Field, Roz Girvan, Suzannah Espie, Shane Howard, Rebecca Barnard, Shane O’Mara, Tex Perkins, Stephen Cummings
and house band the Underlings – Ash Naylor, Bruce Haymes, Phil Luscombe, Ross Hannaford, Steve Hadley
Sunday 11th May 2014

Jack Howard and the Long Lost Brothers “Day of the Dog” Album Launch
with Charles Jenkins
Friday 27th June 2014

Jeff Lang “I live in my head a lot these days” album launch
with Liz Stringer
Friday 4th July 2014

Marlon Williams and Melody Pool
Saturday 19th July 2014

Wagons at Caravan Music Club
with Broads
Friday 8th August 2014

Follow Me to Tennessee
with the Weeping Willows, Dan Waters, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes
Caravan Music Club, Saturday 9th August 2014

Stax on Soul
with Peter Punk (MC), Kylie Auldist, Chris Wilson, Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Stella Angelico, Liam Gerner
and the Stax on Soul Revue band (Matt Green, Dynamo Horns, Danny McKenna, Brendan McMahon, Grant Cummerford)
Saturday 23rd August 2014

Mia Dyson
wtih Al Parkinson
Saturday 11th October 2014

Don Walker and the Suave Fucks
with Suzannah Espie
Saturday 1st November 2014

Grand Ole Oakleigh – A Country Jamboree
with MC Gary Adams, Suzannah Espie, Peter Baylor, Andy Baylor, Loretta Miller, Lisa Miller, Tracey Miller, Jody Bell, Rick Dempster, Ed Bates, Sharkey Ramos, Steve Temple, Sam Lemann
Saturday 8th November 2014

Vika & Linda
with Tracey & Loretta Miller, Sam Lemann
Saturday 15th November 2014

The Wilson Pickers
with Harry Hookey
Sunday 16th November 2014



Kinky Friedman
with Rob Snarski
Friday 23rd January 2015

Liz Stringer
with Sweet Jean
Saturday 31st January 2015

Shovels and Rope
with Shakey Graves
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs
with Paul Madigan
Sunday 8th March 2015

Nick Waterhouse
with Loretta Miller and the Jazz Party band
Saturday 14th March 2015

Oakleigh Music Festival Day 2015
with MC Rod Quantock, Des Chio, Ruby Boots, Tek Tek Enemble, Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos
Warrawee Park, Sunday 14th March 2013

Mojo Juju
with KIDDO
Saturday 4th July 2015

Suzannah Espie “I’m Sorry” Single Launch
with Kylie Audlist
Sunday 19th July 2015

Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara “Low Fidelity (Songs by Request Volume 1)” Album Launch
with Jess Ribeiro
Friday 31st July 2015

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
with the Shotgun Wedding
Sunday 2nd August 2015

Shane Howard
with Ross Hannaford
Saturday 12th September 2015

Have you ever been lonely?
Loretta Miller sings the songs of Patsy Cline
with Mitch Brown
Saturday 19th September 2015

Billy Miller ‘Australia’ Album Launch
with Rebecca Barnard
Sunday 20th September 2015

Americana Hayride
hosted by the Weeping Willows
featuring Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Lachlan Bryan, The Weeping Willows and Bill Jackson
Sunday 25th October 2015

Suzannah Espie “Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today” Album Launch
with Toni Swain
Friday 30th October 2015

Clip Clop Club Christmas Show 2015
Sunday 13th December 2015



Dusty Millers
The Happy Campers’ Club, Thursday 4th February 2016

JVG Guitar Method
Happy Campers Club, Thursday 11th February 2016

Davies West
Happy Campers Club, Thursday 18th February 2016

Greg Champion
Happy Campers Club, Thursday 25th February 2016

Gallie and Leticia
Happy Campers Club, Thursday 3rd March 2016

Oakleigh Music Festival Day 2016
with The New Savages, Abbe May, Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara, Cookin’ on 3 Burners with Stella Angelico and Tex Perkins
Warrawee Park, Sunday 13th March 2016

Bondi Cigars
Sunday 13th March 2016

Eilen Jewell
with the Dusty Millers
Saturday 26th March 2016

Frazey Ford
with Liz Stringer
Friday 1st April 2016

Suzannah Espie & Liz Stringer
Friday 15th April 2016

Weeping Willows and Bill Chambers Album Launch
with special guests
Sunday 17th April 2016

“Mum’s the Word” Mother’s Day Show
with Suzannah Espie, Julie O’hara, Peter Baylor, Tracey & Loretta Miller, Sam Lemann
Sunday 8th May 2016

Baby et Lulu
Sunday 29th May 2016

Chris Wilson
with the Mojo Corner
Friday 3rd June 2016

Don Walker
with Liz Stringer
Saturday 4th June 2016

The Very Round Robin
with Áine Tyrrell, Gallie, Rosie
and special guest Nick Martin
Saturday 18th June 2016

The Big Southern Cajun Dance Party
with Andy Baylor & his Cajun Combo with special guests Ross Wilson, The Dusty Millers (Lisa, Tracey & Loretta Miller), The Baylor Brothers (Donal, Peter & Andy) & Sam Lemann (guitar), Andy Scott (double bass), Sharkey Ramos (drums) & Chris Pascoe (accordian)
Saturday 10th September 2016

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2016
with JVG, Ian Bland, Billy Miller, Fiona Lee Maynard, Simon Madden, Dave Evans, Andre Warhurst, Jack Howard, Dale Lindrea, Cal McApline
Friday 30th September 2016

Singalong with Rebecca Barnard and Billy Miller
with special guest Casey Bennetto
Wednesday 2nd November 2016

All Our Exes Live in Texas
with Mojo Juju
Thursday 3rd November 2016

Henry Wagons
with Lachlan Bryan
Friday 11th November 2016

The Wilson Pickers “You Can’t Catch a Fish From a Train” Album Launch
with Miss Eileen & King Lear
Saturday 3rd December 2016

with the Dusty Millers
Sunday 18th December 2016

Brian’s Big Christmas BBQ
with Tracy McNeil & The Good Life, Raised by Eagles (Duo) and Wisey’s Dream Set feat an all star ensemble – Shane O’Mara, Nick Barker, Rebecca Barnard, Charles Jenkins, Cat Leahy and Rick Plant
Sunday 11th December 2016



Whitetop Mountaineers Caravan
with Bill Jackson & Pete Fidler
Saturday 21st January 2017

Hat Fitz and Cara “After the Rain” Album Launch
with Written in Stone and If You See Her Say Hello
Wednesday 25th January 2017

Holler Roots Music Festival 2017
with Fiona Boynes and the Fortune Tellers, The Lachy Doley Group, Jeff Lang, Amnesia Blues Band, Dan Dinnen & Miss Whiskey, Sweet Felicia & the Honeytones, Hat Fitz & Cara, Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
17th – 19th February 2017

Live at Warrawee – Soul Explosion
Description: with Vika and Linda Bull, The Bamboos, The Meltdown, Hyjinx, Cook Island Dance Group, Warrawee Soul Choir led by Tracey Miller and featuring Loretta Miller, Oakleigh Brass, Peter Vadieveloo drummers, MC Brian Nankervis
Warrawee Park, Saturday 18th March 2017

Travelling Companions
Weeping Willows & Lachlan Bryan
with Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 6th May 2016

In Oakleigh Tonight
with Angie Hart and Paulie Stewart
Thursday 1st June 2017

Caravan Music Club 10th Birthday Celebration
with Gallie, the Dusty Millers, Billy Miller, Rebecca Barnard, Ian Bland, Suzannah Espie, Rob Snarski, Luke Sinclair, Liz Stringer, Chris Wilson
Sunday 12th November 2017



Mindi’s 60th Birthday
with the Large Number 12s
Sunday 8th July 2018

Eugene Hamilton and the Money
Sunday 14th July 2018

Billy Miller 50 Years in the Biz
with special guests
Sunday 29th Jult 2018

Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara
Saturday 25th August 2018

Rhythms Magazine Launch
with Amarilo, Raised by Eagles Duo, Kelly Day, Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Shane O’Mara
Sunday 2nd September 2018

Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes with the Weeping Willows
Sunday 2nd September 2018

Ian Bland and Greg Hunt
Thursday 6th September 2018

In Oakleigh Tonight – Grand Final Edition
Featuring Jon Von Goes, Billy Miller, Simon Madden, Ian Bland, Fiona Lee Maynard, Jack Howard Backed By Hokey Pokey Oakleigh Karaoke Band Featuring Dave Evans, Nathan Farrelly, & Matt Earl
Thursday 27th September 2018

Baby et Lulu
Saturday 6th October 2018

Van Walker Trio
Wednesday 17th October 2018

Gallie “This side of the river” single launch & farewell
Sunday 4th November 2018

In Oakleigh Tonight
with Freya Josephine Hollick and Tim Rogers
Thursday 29th November 2018

In Oakleigh Tonight Christmas Show 2018
with Alyce Platt and Sean Kelly
Thursday 20th December 2018



Freya Josephine Hollick
Winnebago Lounge, Thursday 3rd January 2019

Don Walker and the Suave Fucks at the Caravan Music Club 16/02/19
with Lucie Thorne
Saturday 16th February 2019

Neil Murray “Blood & Longing” Album Launch
with Sarah Carroll
Saturday 30th March 2019

Rob Snarski “Sparrow & Swan” Album Launch
with BROADS and special guests
Friday 5th April 2019

Icecream Hands “Sweeter than Radio” 20th Anniversary
with the Smallgoods duo
Saturday 18th May 2019

Mike Rudd 50th Anniversary
with Chris Stockley Band, Madder Lake
Sunday 26th May 2019

Chad Morgan
with the Muirs
Sunday 6th October 2019

The Girl From Chickasaw County – An Ode To Bobbie Gentry
featuring Rebecca Barnard, Lisa Miller, Sarah Carroll, Helen Ryder, Rob Snarski & Lachlan Bryan, with THE OKOLONA FOUR – Matt Walker, Bruce Haymes, Stephen Hadley & Roger Bergodaz
Saturday 9th November 2019



Songs from 1000 Sundays – 20 years of Warner Corner
with Dan Warner and friends
Sunday 9th February 2020

Introduction to Korean Cinema

With the win of Parasite (2019) at the 2020 Academy Awards I thought I would go through and put together a bit of a guide to people confused as to where to start with Korean cinema and who haven’t had the experience of watching it since the early 2000s when it first started taking off at least in the festival circuit internationally.

These are all movies I have seen and would recommend based on your level of knowledge of Korean cinema. I am not really big on the horror genre so there might be some omissions due to me personally not having seen some of the more popular ones in that area.


If you have no knowledge at all of Korean cinema it is worth finding a couple of movies to start off easier so you don’t get confused.

Volcano High (2001)

This one is fun and easy to get into. I first saw it at MIFF one year and ended up going back to see it again before the end of the festival, something which I almost never do (also having a festival passport had something to do with it.) One of my first DVD purchases of a Korean DVD from a time where you could buy legit copies in the CBD. There is a dubbed version and also one done by MTV rappers but yeah nah.

Joint Security Area (2000)

I first saw this at the Forum Theatre upstairs for MIFF and then again in November the same year. The first time I came across Song Kang Ho in a movie and his performance is the best thing about it.

Also started my addiction to Choco Pies but they must have better ones in Korea as all the ones I have had are stale. I grabbed a copy of this from the same DVD store I got Volcano High from to get Park Chan-Wook to sign it at MIFF when he came to do a Q&A for Old Boy.

Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005)

A lovely family friendly story about opposing sides coming together in the midst of a war to work together to save a village. It is funny and sad and does remind me of a Myazaki movie at points.

The Host (2006)

Although people say to see Memories of Murder first or Mother, those two rely on you knowing a bit more about Korea to get something out of them. This has the hook of the environmental angle and military crackdown. It is also a movie about a family having to work together to achieve something and not trusting the government. Some scenes feel like you should not be laughing at them such as the fight the family has at the memorial service but you still do.

Song Kang Ho is so funny and silly here and has great pathos. In one scene he can’t even run away from people chasing him as he is so sad and pathetically covers up a body with a piece of cardboard.

The King and the Clown (2005)

With costumed dramas being so popular in South Korea this is as good a representative of any for those for a wider audience. I don’t think it matters the main couple is LGBTIQ at all, stop being such a big tough guy and just kiss him you fool!

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

With a large ensemble cast that includes the famous Choi Min-sik this story of two brothers separated by war is one of the biggest Korean war movies ever in terms of box office and they always tend to do well. This isn’t M*A*S*H buddy! Stuff goes down and it is a serious and long movie. I remember seeing it with an intermission at the Astor Theatre in Melbourne along with Joint Security Area (they are doing a Bong Joon Ho retrospective coming up.)

Train to Busan (2016)

If you are only going to watch one Korean zombie movie make it this one. Takes an overdone concept and accelerates it by having the action take place in an enclosed space that could have another story within it from just the high school baseball team trapped in the other carriage. There is a prequel Seoul Station (2016) but it is not really necessary to watch unless you want more background to the initial outbreak. The little girl is the real star of this movie as it is about her journey.


If you have seen a few films from Korea and want to go further into it. I know people think some of these should be the first people should see, but there are reasons not to.

Oldboy (2003)

This was the darling of the festival circuit on its’ release. I even bought the Korean version and the soundtrack but its’ impact has dulled somewhat with the likes of the Raid movies and the Night Comes for Us upping the depiction of violence on screen. The fairly average remake did not help matters nor did the Bollywood version Zinda which totally missed the point of it. If you were going to get it these days I would get one of the deluxe releases with all three movies from the trilogy. Park Chan Wook said Sympathy for Mr Vengeance is his favourite even though not as many people like it.


Yellow Sea (2010)

Nice movie, but could use more stabbing. Saw this back to back with the Unjust at MIFF one year and that is a bit too much considering how high the stakes are in that movie to come out and go straight into this one. I actually ended up buying this one as I wanted to see it again.

Memories of Murder (2003)


This one was recommended to me back when people still talked about movies on film forums and not just podcast or podcast discussion groups. Due to the historical setting and cultural differences it does take a bit more to get into but it is worth it. Sang Kang Ho plays a yokel country cop whose methods get results but are not by the book. His city counterpart is all about the correct procedure and trusts in science. I had the Korean special edition at one point which actually shows you who the killer is if you sit through an hour long documentary with no subtitles (may just be the hand model though.)

The Quiet Family (1998)

A fun comedy of errors later remade as Happiness of the Katikuris to much more success. This one is great though and has a lot of recognisable actors hamming it up here.

The Chaser (2008)

A detective story, race against time thriller and serial killer film all in one. The stakes are very high in this one to the point of the main protagonist is ready to take out people who are meant to be helping him to try and find the killer (the scene where he crashes the police van). The little girl is a star there is a hard scene to watch at one point.


Of course you may watch these movies in whatever order you want, but I have warned you and you would not get as much out of them unless you have at least some knowledge of Korean culture beforehand. Notice that I did not say language as I still do not know Korean at all even after 20 years of watching films from South Korea.

Thirst (2009)

So deliciously wicked and I can’t believe that I saw this back to back with the Chaser at MIFF one year. Park Chan Wook directs and Song Kang Ho stars as a vampire priest trying to control his base urges but he is led astray by lust. The lady vampire enjoys her new power it even more and does get her time to shine, which could have been a whole other movie by itself.

Mother (2009)

A much more personal film from Bong Joon Ho about a mother in a small town who will go to any lengths to prove the innocence of her son after a murder of a local teenager. I do mean any lengths and you will be surprised how far she takes it. This movie and Sympathy for Mr Vengeance also comment on the lack of health care in South Korea.

Snowpiercer (2013)

The live action version of French graphic novel Le Transperceneige has divided audience over its weirdness and hard sci fi setting but I like it. This is also in light of the Bong Joon Ho getting one over Harvey Weinstein who wanted to cut it even more “it was a fucking lie. My father was not a fisherman”.  Tilda Swinton has an uncredited cameo in the film and Song Kang Ho features as a drug addicted engineer. Chris Evans is the lead but it is a multinational effort this one. I am interested in seeing how they go with the TV series.

Midnight Ballad for the Ghost Theatre (2006) / The Fox Family (2006)

Finding these was a complete surprise for me as I had never heard of them and there was no English writing on the DVD boxes at all. I had to rely on the staff at the store to even find out if there was subtitles. Some things to require a leap of faith and it was worthwhile for these.

Midnight Ballard for the Ghost Theatre is a Korean take on Rocky Horror Picture show will all new songs and a young girl as the main character. Lots of singing and dancing and a positive outcome.

The Fox Family assumes you know the legend of the foxes who have to eat a human liver to stay in human form. Very strange and out there in parts but well worth it if you can find it.

The Handmaiden (2016)

Park Chan Wook’s version of the novel Fingersmith is transferred to pre-World War II Korea but is quite a trip. I felt like a perv watching it in a cinema and no wonder it sold out both screenings at MIFF plus a bonus session. Not really as accessible as some of his other work but then again this director does not like to repeat himself. I have still not seen his Hollywood effort.

The Wailing (2016)

A supernatural thriller and detective story that actively punishes you for thinking that you “get it”. I did not expect to have any laughs in this at all but there you are. Some of the scenes are quite disturbing and I could not work out my feelings towards it at the time so I never did a proper review.

Vale RRR BBQ Day (2002 – 2019)

I already knew it was not going to be on this year, given everything else that has happened I don’t blame them. Plus I almost KO’ed myself in that heat. February is too hot to have an even like this outside.

Was some random ringing up Biggsy on 7th Feburary 2020 who confirmed that it was not going ahead and last year’s was the last one ever. I cannot find any official announcement at all and the station manager did not answer my inquiry.

It is a lot of work to organise each year including Ian Bland re-writing all the song lyrics, the band having to practice and each of the people singing having to do their songs. Dan’s gig will be the substitute for it any way and at least the band will be compensated for their work monetarily for once.

Was some word of another event replacing it, good luck to it and I hope it goes well.

RRR Rooftop (2002 – 2003)

National BBQ Day
The Rooftop Cafe, Sunday 24th November 2002

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2003
the Rooftop Cafe, Sunday 7th December 2003

CERES Environment Park (2004 – 2019)

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2004
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, December 5th 2004


RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2005
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 4th December, 2005

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2006
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 3rd December, 2006
with special guests Ian Bland, Gary Adams, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra: Big Kev, Dan, Ed Bates, Dan Warner, Marcel Borrack, Sarah Carroll, Fred Negro, Wagons, Tides of Welcome Community Choir, Barb Waters, Wes & Horse, Suzannah Espie, Dr Pump, Merri Creek Primary School dancers

Melbourne BBQ Day 2007
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 2rd December, 2007
with special guests Ian Bland, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Sime Nugent, Tracee Hutchison, Bob Starkey, Sarah Carroll, Wes & Horse Harrington, Barb Waters, Angry (Wally) Meanie, DC Root, Fred Negro, Wolfgramm Sisters, Marcel Borrack, Chuck Steak Jenkins, Big Kev, Dan, Matt Earle, Ed Bates


RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2008
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 7th December, 2008
with special guests Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Harrington Brothers, Ian Bland, Barb Waters, Bob Starkie, Charles Jenkins, Dave Larkin, Dr Pump, Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Adam Simmonds, Wagons, Fred Negro, Jimmy Clinkerfield, Wolfgramm Sisters

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2009
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 6th December 2009
with special guests Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Sarah Carroll, Marcel Borrack, JVG, Barb Waters, Ian Bland, Dave Larkin, The Eggs, Van Walker, Jimmy Clinkerfield, Stewart Farrell, The Harrington Brothers, Chris O’Connor, Wolfgramm Sisters, Dr Pump

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2010
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 5th December 2010
with special guests Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Barb Waters, Quincy McLean, Oliver Mann, Oliver Mann, Fred Negro, Jesse Lawrence, Chris Wilson, Lynelle Moran, Sean Dooley, Wolfgramm Sisters, Jane Clifton, Mark Ferrie, Charles Jenkins, Sime Nugent, Sarah Carroll, Dr Pump

RRR BBQ Day 2011
with JVG, the Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Paul Thomas, Nathan Farrelly, Matt Earl, Dave Evans, Ed Bates, Adam Simmons, Sgt. Slaughter), Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Kerri Simpson, Paulie Stewart & FLYBZ, Ben Birchall, Ian Bland, Jimmy Clinkerfield, Stewart Farrell, Pete Ewing, Tracy McNeil & Luke Sinclair, Cash Savage, Mikelangelo, Go Go Sapien, Dr Pump
Ceres Environmental Park, Sunday 4th December 2011

RRR BBQ Day 2012
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons, Ed Bates, Marcel Borrack, Bruce Haymes), Pete Ewing, Horse and Wes Harrington, Steve Pinkerton, The Rebelles, Fraser A Gorman, Jess McGuire, Ben Birchall, Sarah Carroll, Mikelangelo, Cash Savage, Kerri Simpson, Casey Bennetto, Suzannah Espie, Gleny Rae Virus, Dr Pump, Tim Rogers, Stew Farrell
Ceres Environmental Park, Sunday 2nd December 2012

RRR BBQ Day 2013
Description: with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons, Ed Bates, Marcel Borrack, Alex), Angie Hart, Van and Cal Walker, Ben Birchall, Adam Simmons, Pete Ewing, The Nymphs, William Ewing, Suzannah Espie, Sarah Carroll, Kerri Simpson, Cash Savage, Casey Bennetto, The Rebelles, Dr Pump
Ceres Environmental Park, Sunday 1st December 2013

RRR BBQ Day 2014
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons, Ed Bates, Marcel Borrack, Dave Evans, Stephen Temple, Jane Hendry), The Burnt Sausages, Kerrie Simpson, Sarah Carroll, Danny Walsh, Kit & Andre Warhurst, Horse and Wes Harrington, Peter and William Ewing, Cash Savage, Billy Miller, Paulie Stewart, Casey Bennetto, Dr Pump
RRR Performance Space, Sunday 7th December 2014

RRR BBQ Day 2015
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons, Dan Hall), Ian Bland, Josh Earl, Suzannah Espie, Danny Walsh, Kate Boston Smith, Pete Ewing, Andy Reid, Angie Hart, Cash Savage, Dr Pump, Sarah Carroll, Eugene Hamilton, Slats
Ceres Environment Park, Sunday 6th December 2015

RRR BBQ Day 2016
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Marcel Borrack, Dan Hall, Ed Bates), Pete Ewing, Laura Imbruglia, Tim Rogers, Delsinki Records & Brooke, Kerri Simpson, Lucy Dwyer, Jemma Rowlands, Dr Pump, Fiona Lee Maynard, Angie Hart, Simon Edwards, Slatts, Casey Bennetto, Scott Edgar
Ceres Environment Park, Sunday 4th December 2016

RRR BBQ Day 2017/2018 (2017 rescheduled due to storm warning)
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Ian Bland, Amerina Waters, Sarah Carroll, Pete, Hollie Joyce, Luke Sinclair, Dan Hall, Casey Bennetto, George Wilson, Lucy Dwyer, Dr Pump
Ceres Environment Park, Sunday 25th February 2018

RRR BBQ Day 2019
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Marcel Borrack, Dan Hall), Ian Bland, Cleo and Georgie, Eugene Hamilton, Sarah Carroll, George Wilson, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Slatts, Fergus McAlpine, Lucy Dwyer, Danny Walsh, Kerri Simpson, Henry Wagons, Hollie Joyce, Pumpy
Ceres Environment Park, Sunday 24th February 2019