Saturday, June 06, 2009

Last Hope

Well, the good news from down under is Andrew Kidman has announced the release of his latest film project,'Last Hope'. In much the same way Ank took surf films in a whole new direction with the release of 'Litmus' all those years ago, I believe he's done something really cool & interesting again here. Rather than a film with any sort of narrative flow, Last Hope is a collection of 16 short films themed around the sea and each with a song from the Spunk Records catalog as it's background. The filmmakers involved are Albie Falzon, Jon Frank, Monty Webber, Michelle Lockwood, Richard Kenvin, Patrick Trefz and of course Andrew himself. The music is from the likes of Smog, Sufjean Stevens, Brown Birds From Windy Hill, Vetiver, Bonnie Prince Billy, Mogwai, Dirty Three and My Morning Jacket. To quote Andrew from the press release:
"One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a filmmaker is the process of bringing scenes, emotions and stories to life with music. It's kind of a filmmaker's dream to have access to great music and the freedom to make whatever you want without the constraints of trying to make a full length feature or editors wreaking havoc with your work. This is what I was thinking about when Aaron Curnow (Spunk Records) and I first had a conversation about this project. I thought something special could come from letting the filmmakers make what ever they wanted. I hope the project has kept a pure line and these original thoughts transcend in the viewing."
I'm not sure when this will be available in the US, but I'll certainly find out. If you're Australia this July you can go check out the film on tour with The Brown Birds playing a live score at each showing- epically old school!
July 2nd Noosa Bowls, Noosa Heads
July 3rd Old Museum, Brisbane
July 4th Byron Community Centre, Byron
July 10th Neverland Bar, Coolangatta
July 12th Mullumbimby RSL, Mullumbimby
July 16th Waverly Bowling Club, Bondi
July 17th Palm Beach RSL, Palm Beach
July 18th Manly Boat Shed, Manly
July 19th Heritage Hotel, Wollongong (Tickets from venue)
July 20th Brass Monkey, Cronulla (Tickets from venue)
July 21st Royal Exchange, Newcastle


NiegĂ  said...

...and if you are in Europe you can assist to the world's premiere of Last Hope this next Friday in Donostia (Basque Country) during the AMSTEL Surfilm festibal7 - 2009. Check out the whole programme here:

Andrew is a very good friend of the Surfilm Festibal and we are super stoked that he lets us host the premiere of Last Hope!!!



Anonymous said...

Read more about Last Hope here: