Curator's Cut: 'Chasing the Music'

Wednesday 22 September | 5.30 to 7.30pm

Event Details

  • Date
    Wednesday, 22 September, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location
    Northern Territory Library (inside Parliament House)
  • Cost
Chasing the music in large bold text

Join us for our first Curator’s Cut film screening for 2021-22: Chasing the Music (2015) on Wednesday 22 September, 5.30pm. 

Chasing the Music is a commercially unreleased documentary telling the story of rock and roll music’s journey and evolution through Arnhem Land in the 1960s-80s. Cutting their teeth first in gospel and mission music, the pioneers of Yolngu rock tell the story in their own words. Making their own instruments, jiving to the sounds of Chuck Berry and Creedence Clearwater, The Copy Cats from Galiwin’ku and Black Wizard from Milingimbi were just two of dozens of outfits that played hard, burned bright and disappeared… or did they?

A panel discussion featuring pioneers of Darwin’s Indigenous 1970s-80s rock scene will take place after the screening. Raphael Madrill of The Mystics (NT Indigenous Music Hall of Fame inductees, 2005) and Frank Spry of Darwin legends Casso and the Axons will relive the days of their youth when rock gods walked the earth and everybody was ‘chasing the music’.

This screening of Chasing the Music will kick off LANT’s Curator's Cut program of rare films for 2021-22.  

Image: Still from Chasing the Music, 2015.