"I’m Not Dead Yet: Music Documentary’s role in asserting and celebrating artistic independence and resilience"

Publisher:
Intellect
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Studies in Australasian Cinema, 2014, 8 (1), pp. 44 - 55
Issue Date:
2014
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Music documentaries are often released as virtual eulogies for musicians, genres or musical traditions after they have passed on. In the case of I’m Not Dead Yet (2011), independent Australian filmmaker Janine Hosking plays with the form to present the career and music of the still alive, and still very musically active, elderly independent country musician, Chad Morgan. As the film’s name suggests, Morgan’s profile in mainstream Australia is infamous but marginalized. This music documentary explores the politics and character of a strong arm of the Australian music scene, and while its content first appears to be very regionally specific, the music documentary form used to tell this story provides access points for a variety of audiences.
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