The music documentary is perennially popular on the silver and small screen alike, yet it's a subgenre that lionises certain figures more than others, revealing the ways in which idolisation and ideology can interweave in the context of filmmaking. Glenn Dunks surveys the form's tendencies and disparities with reference to several recently released Australian titles.
Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy, Gurrumul, Mystify: Michael Hutchence, Midnight Oil: 1984, Friday on My Mind, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, Her Sound, Her Story, Suzi Q, The Go-Betweens: Right Here, I Am Woman, Now Sound: Melbourne's Listening, No Time for Quiet.
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