Accomplished filmmakers KEWL Studios to launch monumental Australian music documentary ‘NOW SOUND : Melbourne’s Listening’ at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival + After Party
Music is the voice of culture; NOW SOUND is a documentary about listening.
Director and filmmaker Tobias Willis and producer Marcus Rimondini of KEWL Studios are set to premiere their debut feature length documentary NOW SOUND : Melbourne’s Listening as part of this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. An unprecedented document of contemporary Australian Music, NOW SOUND is an exploration into the climate of Melbourne’s vast and dynamic music community. Premiering Friday 10 August at MIFF’s Forum Lounge along with a massive post-screening afterparty to celebrate, NOW SOUND will take audiences back to the years 2016-2018 to navigate Melbourne’s ever evolving music landscape and the trials and tribulations that constantly threaten to undermine it.
Recently dubbed as the Music Capital of the world, Melbourne is a thriving and fertile oasis for music lovers, makers and enablers alike. Shot over two years NOW SOUND is an investigation into what makes this haven so. The film focuses on a vibrant music scene showcasing unique artists and exalting sub-cultures that the city harbours and the measures taken to foster and preserve them. Talking to artists, producers, event organisers, labels, radio broadcasters, critics, writers, venues, record stores and organisations NOW SOUND serves as a unified voice for Melbourne’s passionate music community.
Director Tobias Willis has been forging a career in music as a filmmaker and has worked directly with a plethora of Australian talent including Jess Ribeiro, Jen Choler, Kirin J Callinan, Sui Zhen, Client Liaison, KLLO, Courtney Barnett, Totally Mild and Broadway Sounds. Since starting his independent studio KEWL, Tobias has been nominated for an ARIA for ‘Best Video’ for Client Liaison’s massive hit ‘Off White Limousine’ and has toured with LanewayFestival 2018 to produce all of their video content. Working with producer, music journalist and friend Marcus Rimondini, the KEWL team has worked tirelessly for the past two years to create a music documentary that is as a microcosm for Melbourne music itself – a film that looks inward as much as outward to find its unique place within a global context.
To celebrate the world premiere of ‘NOW SOUND : Melbourne’s Listening’ the MIFF FestivalLounge and KEWL are throwing a free post-screening after party open to both ticket-holders and the general public, with a killer lineup of local artists that feature in the film. Electronic performer and DJ SIMONA will bring her synth-pop and stadium techno, drawing from her deep love of dance’s dark linage and evoking a liminal dreaming of catharsis and brutal confrontation. Musician and producer Sui Zhen will have you melting into her musical selections from lover’s rock, ambient techno to ‘80s electronic bossanova and songs with deep feeling and groove. Made up of hip hop traditionalists in Melbourne producer Skomes and Californian born Australian resident MC Cazeaux O.S.L.O, the night will be headlined by dynamic local duoSO.Crates who are quickly becoming one of the city’s most sought-after live acts.
Melbourne International Film Festival media passes are extremely limited, so be sure to register your interest to attend the screening and review the film below.
KEWL presents ‘NOW SOUND : Melbourne’s Listening’
Premiering at MIFF 2018
Friday 10 August – 9.15pm
The Forum Lounge
154 Flinders Street, Melbourne
After Party – from 11pm
Featuring: SIMONA (DJ set), Sui Zhen (DJ set) + SO.Crates
Tickets selling fast at the MIFF website