Revelation Film Festival 2014

2017  Films


Descent into the Maelstrom

Telling the story of Radio Birdman – one of the key protopunk rock bands to emerge in the mid-seventies – Descent Into The Maelstrom is a documentary that offers a journey deep into the underbelly of Australian music. Mixing thundering power-pop with the bite of 70s Detroit punk Birdman burst onto the music scene in so doing creating a whole new Australian rock sound.

Taking their swaggering-rock through a nightscape of bars and confronting unsuspecting audiences with their volume and power Radio Birdman changed the face of rock music, influenced a generation of sneering youths and recorded a string of great songs including the classic LP Radios Appear.

Talking head interviews and archive combine to offer a vivid portrait of the band, the world they inhabited, and their role in Australian independent music.

Screens with the short film Why Do People Hate Us?

Wed 12th, 9pm, Luna Leederville
Sun 16th, 8.45pm, Luna SX

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  • Director:Jonathan Sequeira
  • Year:2017
  • Country:Aus
  • Duration:91mins
  • Rated:Unclassified 15

Session Times

  • Wed 12th, 9pm, Luna Leederville
  • Sun 16th, 8.45pm, Luna SX

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