Filmmaker, writer, dog

No Encore
2014 | 72 mins | website

Festivals: RTR Music Documentary Film Festival, Totally Huge New Music Symposium, Tura Special Events Series (State Library of Western Australia)

Synopsis: West Australian new music ensemble Decibel embarks on a regional tour of the state's southwest, taking their strange, sometimes confronting music to small towns and baffled locals who never saw it coming. Some audiences embrace them, some ridicule them, and some give them a taste of their own medicine. No Encore is a road movie and music documentary: a contemplation of the validity of forms of self-expression; what’s meaningful, meaningless and what’s in between; and what happens when art is displaced from its comfortable natural habitat.

Cat Hope from Decibel, who enjoyed my film Three Hams in a Can, invited me to join them on their southwest tour. I tagged along, curious to see what may or may not happen and eager to escape Australia Day celebrations in Perth. I was joined by Ben Stewart, filmmaker and guardian of Dada RecordsSince making this film, Decibel has done a crazy amount of shit: touring the world many times, releasing records, devising an app for graphic notation, winning prizes, and commissioning many new compositions. I can't keep up. Read more about Decibel on their website.