Client news · 6 February, 2018

Essential Media appoints Moviehouse (UK) for Go-Betweens film

Essential Media and Entertainment, the Australian production company behind Director Kriv Stenders’ feature documentary ‘The Go-Betweens: Right Here’, has appointed UK based Moviehouse Entertainment to handle international sales for the film.

Produced by Joe Weatherstone (Killing Ground) and executive produced by Essential Media’s Chris Hilton and David Alrich, the movie explores the melodramatic saga behind the rise and fall of one of the most artistically successful and influential Australian bands of the last 40 years.

Part memoir, part concert film, The Go-Betweens: Right Here charts the Brisbane band’s origins, struggles with record labels and with each other. It features candid interviews with band members (notably Robert Forster, Lindy Morrison, Robert Vickers, Amanda Brown and John Wilsteed), collaborators and contemporaries of the band, intertwined with rare archival photographs, film and music recordings.

Directed by Kriv Stenders (award winning director of Red Dog and several Go-Betweens music videos) the film offers a raw and fascinating trip down memory lane and a tribute to a remarkable musical partnership.

Upon the film’s release in Australia in 2017 (at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals and theatrically via Umbrella Entertainment), The Guardian reviewer Padriag Collins dubbed it “an emotional, rolling thunder of a film” while the Sydney Morning Herald review commented on how Stenders captures “the emotional breadth and contradictory demands of being in a great band”.

Executive Producer Chris Hilton said, “In this film you find a universal story of the exhilarating, unpredictable and precarious lives of musicians and the true price some pay to pursue their art.  After being well received by the Australian public we are thrilled that Moviehouse Entertainment is now taking this film out world-wide.”

Moviehouse Entertainment’s Managing Director Mark Vennis said, “We saw The Go-Betweens: Right Here at the Melbourne International Film Festival and were completely blown away by this brilliant piece of documentary film making. The Go-Betweens’ story is every bit as engaging and riveting as the Band’s own music and in our view, a story any real music fan will love. It fits right in with many of our other music related documentaries including the current Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits.”