May 10, 2017


A new short film about Midnight Oil titled ‘Backburning’ will screen as part of Sydney Film Festival 2017.

‘Backburning’ captures the calm before the storm, as Midnight Oil reunite in the red centre of Australia to make plans. Their conviction and drive made them a singular force in music until their singer chose to become a Member of Parliament: a decision that ultimately caused the band to fall silent for 15 years. ‘Backburning’ provides a unique insight into the moment when Midnight Oil first regroup in this place which has always been special to them.

‘Backburning’ also recaps Midnight Oil’s history, through archive footage, band interviews and Aaron Pedersen’s narration. We meet them at the very beginning (when Peter Garrett still had hair) as they form on Sydney’s Northern Beaches during a tumultuous time in Australian history. We revisit how they forged their fierce and uncompromising reputation: with power and passion. Then we rejoin them around an outback campfire to discover why they have come together again here and now. The film is written and directed by Paul Clarke.

Midnight Oil ‘Backburning’ is scheduled to screen on the following dates and locations:

Tue 13 Jun, 6:00pm Events George Street Cinema 4
Thu 15 Jun, 8:15pm Events George Street Cinema 9
Sun 18 Jun, 6:05pm Dendy Cinemas Newtown

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