Revolver Cult Music Film Festival – July/August

The Revolver cult film festival runs for eight weeks from Tuesday 27th July, featuring classic music documentaries. Each night will feature a live performance by singer songwriter Ben Abraham. Ben Abraham’s soulful voice is two parts the husky Indonesian of his father and one part the pure soprano of his Australian Mother, paired with his cheerfully uplifting tunes and catchy – oftentimes humorous – lyrics, make Ben Abraham a unique and exciting new talent in the Australian music scene.

DIG! is the opening film of the cult festival, a feature-length documentary shot over seven years about musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of the Dandy Warhols, star-crossed friends and bitter rivals. From the moment they met, The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre quickly bonded over a desire to not conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet, the bands, choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds.

Culled from 1500 hours of footage and narrated by Courtney Taylor, DIG! follows the underground giant Anton Newcombe, unearthing him to be an important yet largely unnoticed artist of our time.

In 1996 Anton Newcombe and his band the Brian Jonestown Massacre – who in a decade independently released 11 albums, 3 recorded in one year, are hell-bent on staging a revolution in the music industry. They are convinced their friends, the Dandy Warhols, will join them to create a united front. But Anton’s creative psychosis takes him to the most remote areas of the human mind to find his original art, and as a result, he destroys every opportunity for financial success.

While tracking the destructive path of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, DIG! also accompanies the more ‘well-adjusted’ Warhols through their leader Courtney Taylor, as they navigate the corporate sea, trying to maintain their creative edge while starring in mega-budget music videos and entertaining crowds in the tens of thousands.

Before the movie you can grab dinner at Colonel Tan’s Thai kitchen which is located in the back room. Opening hours are 5pm – 11pm Tuesday to Saturday and midday – 11pm Friday. For menus, reviews and booking details:

DIG screen Tuesday July 27
Revolver Upstairs
229 Chapel Street Prahran
Entry is a gold coin donation to Prahran Mission.
Doors 7.30pm
9521 5985


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