Musical acts add new beat to Noosa International Film Festival 26-29 October 2017

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Image: HoneyBird plays Metropolis music on film performance plays at the Noosa International Film Festival, 26-29 October 2017.

A full throttle rock opera and jazzy musical score are two musical acts bringing a new beat to the Noosa International Film Festival.

Sunshine Coast band, HoneyBird will perform a multi-faceted live production against the silent classic 1927 sci-fi film by Fritz Lang, Metropolis.

HoneyBird plays Metropolis incorporates a full band and string quartet, interfaced with an updated narrative arc for the film by Ian Golding.

Metropolis takes place in a highly stylised futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners.

A beautiful utopia exists above a depressing underworld populated by faceless, mistreated workers and an unlikely romance between the son of the city's mastermind and a working class prophet.

The Metropolis score was developed by HoneyBird and re-imagines the artistic vision and striking meaning of the film.

Guitarist Anthony Wynne-Holscher says the highly theatrical work draws parallels to issues of poverty and conflict, power and greed, and political themes as they play out today.

"Audiences today can identify with the film's deeper moral desires and the underlying political themes, which in today's fraught political climate resonates more than ever.

"HoneyBird's original tracks fit the thematic context beautifully, enhancing the films powerful visuals and positioning audiences to reflect, not just be entertained," he said.

HoneyBird plays Metropolis performs at the Eumundi School of Arts Hall on Sunday 29 October.

Also on the bill is surfing documentary Men of Wood and Foam exploring the fascinating story of the birth of the Australian surfing boom.

Made by Noosa filmmakers Phil Jarratt and Shaun Cairns, the film uncovers a golden decade, starting in 1956, when surfing was transformed into a sport and culture with its very own music, movies, fashion and heroes.

Using in-depth interviews with the principal characters as its base, Men of Wood and Foam uses rarely-seen archival footage and interviews with many of the leading surf personalities of the day to tell this important story before it is too late.

Bringing the sounds of the pipeline to life are Sunshine Coast musicians, Band of Frequencies who crafted the original soundtrack to marry the story's timeline and will perform live before and after the film.

The Band of Frequencies has been one of the most diverse outfits in Australia for more than a decade, incorporating acid rock, modern jazz and funk into an amazing repertoire of original music. 

Men of Wood and Foam screens at The J on Saturday 28 October at 8pm with a live jazzy set by Band of Frequencies.

The Noosa International Film Festival runs from 26-29 October and features 100 films, workshops and special events. For the full program and tickets visit www.niff.com.au.

 
Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF) :
PO Box 1636, Noosa Heads
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