30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
DIGITALLY RESTORED FEATURE FILM GOES
NO. 1 ON ARIA MUSIC DVD CHART!
DVD & BLU-RAY OUT NOW WITH
BACKSTAGE FOOTAGE AND PERFORMANCES
INXS, JIMMY BARNES, DIVINYLS, MODELS
THE SAINTS, THE TRIFFIDS, I’M TALKING
Following the hugely successful national cinema screenings of AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, the DVD and Blu-ray of this classic slice of Oz Rock has debuted at No 1 on the ARIA Music DVD Chart this week!
The release of the digitally restored AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION has been met with audience and critical acclaim. Amanda Keller, co-host of WS FM flagship breakfast show Jonesy & Amanda, said on-air: “there’s so much to love about this film… it’s absolutely amazing.”
30 years ago a national series of outdoor festivals took place in the summer of 1986/87 under the banner AUSTRALIAN MADE, which not only broke the rules, but forever changed the perception about how we viewed our place on music’s world stage.
As INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence put it, “It’s grown-up time. We’ve come of age. This has proved that we’re part of the world music scene”. And prove it they did.
AUSTRALIAN MADE saw nearly 140,000 fans in six cities witness performances from a potent and imaginative line-up including INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Divinyls, Models, The Saints, The Triffids and I’m Talking.
Acclaimed director Richard Lowenstein and a 50-strong film crew captured the on-stage performances and backstage camaraderie between artists for production of a feature film of the AUSTRALIAN MADE tour. In partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive the film has been digitally restored from the original film negative with 5.1 surround sound.
The Sony Music Australia DVD and Blu-ray includes the restored 85 minute feature film plus 30 minutes of exclusive and intimate, never-before-seen backstage footage and bonus tracks (see below for content listing).
Click here to view the trailer
Hi res photos, the original program, tracklisting and bio information can be downloaded here.
AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
is available now on Blu-ray and DVD through Sony Music Australia
Click here to order: http://smarturl.it/AM30E
DVD & BLU-RAY TRACK LIST & BONUS EXTRAS
FEATURE FILM (Duration: 85 minutes)
15 tracks performed (in order of appearance):
INXS Melting in the Sun (5:20)
JIMMY BARNES Ride Night Away (4:23)
THE TRIFFIDS Wide Open Road (3:57)
I’M TALKING Lead the Way (4.30)
THE SAINTS Ghost Ships (3.43)
DIVINYLS Only Lonely (3.00)
DIVINYLS Temperamental (4.00)
MODELS Let’s Kiss (3.16)
MODELS Out of Mind, Out of Sight (3.38)
JIMMY BARNES Lesson in Love (4:16)
JIMMY BARNES Working Class Man (3.58)
INXS Burn for You (4.05)
INXS What You Need (4.42)
INXS The Loved One (4.46)
INXS, JIMMY BARNES & ENSEMBLE Good Times (3.57)
BONUS EXTRAS (Duration: 30 minutes)
VIDEO-8 UNPLUGGED: Troy Davies’ zany vox pops, artist interviews and access-all-areas footage. Dur: 12.45
INXS BACKSTAGE: never-before-seen footage of INXS at the Australian Made Melbourne concert on 3 January 1987. Dur: 02:56
INXS Don’t Change:
From Australian Made 1987 international version. Dur: 5.30
JIMMY BARNES: NIGHTSHIFT (1987) interview post-tour. Dur: 02.31
JIMMY BARNES: I’d Die To Be With You Tonight:
digitally restored live concert performance in 5.1 surround sound. Dur: 04.34
AUSTRALIAN MADE TOUR (1986/87)
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
On 26 December 1986, one in ten of Hobart’s citizens attended the very first of six outdoor concerts staged in the summer of 86/87; an ambitious national tour under the banner AUSTRALIAN MADE that featured some of the hottest music talent this country had to offer. The idea was conceived and borne from a frustration and visceral reaction to Australia’s perceived cultural cringe and sense of self-worth; a widely held belief that when it came to the arts and in particular contemporary music, we as a country were maybe not quite good enough to match what the rest of the world had to offer.
Over Christmas drinks in 1985 two young managers got talking; and from that bull session came the seed of an idea, a very ambitious idea - to showcase the best Australia had to offer in contemporary music, not only on the biggest stage possible but with the same production values afforded international acts who toured Australia constantly. And in doing so once and for all (at least when it came to music) maybe help slay this silly myth called cultural cringe.
Settling for second best was no longer an option for a creative industry that was fast finding its feet and its voice and hungry for new worlds and markets to conquer. “I’m not saying that Australian bands are better than any other or that the music is particularly unique,” said INXS manager and co-producer Chris Murphy at the time. “But what we are saying that our country’s music is as good as any being produced and promoted around the world”
From that chance spark, came a year of planning and preparation, of major breakthroughs and (on the odd occasion) soul-destroying setbacks as this audacious idea grew from an abstract concept into something very real. Fuelled by nothing more than belief, passion and determination this little idea evolved into an unstoppable force of nature called Australian Made – a national outdoor tour that would feature INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Divinyls, Models, I’m Talking, The Saints and The Triffids
Somewhere buried deep in the nation’s music industry’s archives the record shows that in that summer of 86/87, these seven Australian artists played to an audience of over 139,000 Australian fans in 6 capital cities over 5 weeks and along the way captured the media’s attention, the nation’s attention, and for a brief moment even the international music industry’s attention.
AUSTRALIAN MADE was much more than just a collection of one day music festivals. Way back in the mid 80’s AUSTRALIAN MADE was a first, in fact the first of its kind to feature an all-Australian line up and presented on such a grand scale.
By the end of 1987, and with it the international breakthrough from INXS, AUSTRALIAN MADE proved to be a milestone marker in the support for and recognition of our nations musicians and their craft. And on reflection and in hindsight some 30 years later, it also proved to be a pivotal turning point when we as a nation knew when it came to contemporary music, Australia was blessed with as good as any the world had to offer. And in doing so, the myth that was cultural cringe was once and for all, slayed.
It’s a fundament of the human condition to seek out our roots, our heritage, to learn where we came from.
So too with a nation. It’s called history.
Thankfully this particular moment in Australian music history was filmed and recorded in the summer of 86/87. But afterwards, due to contractual issues, was pretty much buried and quickly forgotten. Until now.
AUSTRALIAN MADE TOUR DATES 1986/87:
26 December 1986 – King George Oval, Hobart
1 January 1987 – Thebarton Oval, Adelaide
3 January 1987 – Olympic Park, Melbourne
10 January 1987 – Subiaco Oval, Perth
17 January 1987 – Chandler Velodrome, Brisbane
24 January 1987 – Endeavour Field, Cronulla