by FilmInk Staff

Screening at Golden Age Cinema and the Sydney Opera House between August 9th and September 8th is Groovescooter’s 4th annual STROBE Music Film Festival (previously part of Vivid).

Once again, the programme offers Sydneysiders their first opportunities to see a number of Australian Premieres including Dawn Porter’s new film Luther: Never Too Much – a movingly intimate portrayal of one of the greatest soul/r’n’b voices to ever take up a microphone: the easy on the eyes ‘n’ ears Luther Vandross – which had its World Premiere at Sundance earlier this year.

Opening Night at the Sydney Opera House sees Scotland’s most-beloved (and LOUD!) sonic sorcerers MOGWAI light up the big screen in Antony Crook’s If The Stars Had A Sound – direct from SXSW Texas.

Also getting its Australian Premiere at STROBE is the Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story, about the pioneering Black Trans performer. It innovatively uses animation and recorded phone conversations to allow Jackie to tell her own story about a life lived authentically and without compromise. The film won the 2024 Out In the Silence Award at prestigious LGBTQ+ festival, Frameline and also the 2024 DGC Special Jury Prize award at Canada HotDocs.

Add to these, brand new films about DEVO (from acclaimed director Chris Smith), pioneering hip hop producer J DILLA (The Legacy Of J Dilla from the New York Times), a fascinating Brazilian documentary about Rio de Janeiro’s famed Black Rio Movement and director Oliver Murray’s performance-filled film about the Montreux Jazz Festival and there’s plenty for music and film lovers of every persuasion to enjoy. As always there’s retrospective fun too, as Gillian Armstrong’s 1982 Oz cult classic musical set in Sydney’s inner-city band scene, Starstruck returns to cinema screens, meticulously restored. Stay tuned for more additions to the programme.

STROBE Music Film Festival: Aug 9 – Sep 8 is curated by Georgie Zuzak and Paris Pompor.