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The Church’s ‘Under The Milky Way’ is one of the great Australian anthems. But for the man who wrote it, success became a portal into a world of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll that almost destoyed his life. This is the story of Steve Kilbey. By any metric Steve Kilbey, frontman of Oz rock pioneers The Church, has been one of Australia’s most prolific and influential musicians. Over 40 years he’s released more that 750 songs across almost 50 albums, earning himself endless accolades and a place in the ARIA Hall of Fame. But most people know him for his 1988 international hit, ‘Under The Milky Way’ – a self-described “accident”, which kickstarted a lost decade of heroin addiction and would eventually cost him and his family and almost his mind.
Followed by a Q&A with Steve Kilbey
Managed by Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones) in the 1970’s, Memphis local Van Duren was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney, but instead faded into obscurity. Forty years later, two larrikin Australians come across the mysterious musician’s lost album and set out to discover what went wrong. They track Van Duren down on Facebook and, despite never having picked up a camera before, journey through the US to meet him.
Along the way they cross paths with rock stars, Scientologists, con men and a host of talented musicians who never quite made it. When they discover that Van doesn’t own his own music, the two friends make a vow not to give up until they can return the rights to Van, and finish the film.
Van Duren’s lost career is a parable of the trials and tribulations of the music industry - an industry that leaves countless broken dreamers behind in its wake. Waiting: the Van Duren Story is a love letter to the artist that should have helped to define a generation.
Followed by a Q&A with Van Duren