Sticky Carpet (2006)

Director: Mark Butcher
Featuring: The Dirty Three, Cosmic Psychos, Roland S Howard, The
Birthday Party and many more...

Tagline: "We're good! We know we're fucking good!"

I was really looking forward to seeing this documentary as I have a large interest in the local Melbourne music scene (http://photos.timchuma.com) I also liked the introduction by Mark where he warned people featured in the documentary not to get a big head. It was also great that 3RRR, 3CR and 3PBS helped to get the screening at ACMI as there were a lot of people who wanted to see it and the screening sold out.

Despite some detractors who thought it would just be a Melbourne indie circle-jerk, I thought it was really great. I hadn't heard of a lot of the bands featured, but the whole documentary was about finding out about great local bands you may not have heard of. There were quite a few bands that I am now going to try and see after seeing the footage of their live performances in this documentary (I was at the Cosmic Psychos gig they showed.)

It is really like being in the Melbourne music scene as it was filmed over the course of a year (with some archival footage from the 1980's) and there is even a Fred Negro anecdote, making it the perfect Melbourne music experience.

There were a lot of people interviewed, but it didn't seem like just talking heads as there was always a good clip to look forward to. I also enjoyed some of the surprises in the documentary like Klunk playing in a drain, some bloke breaking glass over his head and the great performance by The Stabs (ending with someone in the crowd yelling out "Idiots!")

While I liked this documentary, some of it was a bit rough and the footage from the S11 protests in 2000 didn't really fit in with anything else. The live footage does vary in quality, but I think it ads the to the appeal of the documentary as the grainy video footage from the 1980's is a good contrast from the bright and sharp footage from more recent gigs.

This is going to be a really popular documentary, but I don't know where you will be able to see it unless it comes out on DVD or appears at some upcoming film festivals. Hopefully with the premiere selling out, a lot of people will spread the word about it and it will take off.

Rating: 8/10

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