Midnight Oil 1984

Midnight Oil 1984

Midnight Oil 1984

Documentary chronicling a crucial year in the life of Midnight Oil - the release of Red Sails in the Sunset, relentless touring, and the balancing of music and politics made all the more difficult by Peter Garrett's run for Senate. Features concert footage from their most legendary shows, and follows the personal struggles of band members in archival and behind-the-scenes footage - some of which has never before been seen.

2017Rating: M, Coarse language89 minsAustralia
DocumentaryMusic
Director:
Ray Argall ('Eight Ball', 'Return Home')

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Midnight Oil 1984 / Reviews

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

A personal note – I was never a fan of Midnight Oil. When the band was at their peak I was just a kid, and they were frankly a bit scary. Heading into my teens Peter Garrett and his lurching frame had stopped being scary, and were just plain uncool. Musicians who cared about stuff like the environment? Ugh!

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Time Out

Time Out

Ray Argall’s concert tour documentary captures the power and the passion of Australia’s greatest political rock band in their heyday.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Ray Argall’s film captures a fascinating moment in history alongside a band that was on top of the world – and trying to save it.

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The Age

The Age

The uncertainty his efforts created internally are sympathetically treated in the contemporary interviews, but it would have been of value to draw out further questions of fandom and policy's interaction.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

What the film does best is to demonstrate the strength of the bond between the band and its audience.

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News.com.au

News.com.au

You’ll see Peter Garrett as never before. It delivers. And there are a few candid offstage moments fans can’t miss.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

It delivers. And there are a few candid offstage moments fans can't miss.

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Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review

This is a wonderfully nostalgic study of one of the greatest Aussie bands ever. One of the sweatiest, too.

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