Movie Wrong Side of the Road (1981) download free
Book Title: Wrong Side of the Road|
Directors: Ned Lander
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Release Date: 1981
Runtime: 79 min
Stars: Ronnie Ansell,Peter Butler,Franco Carli
Full movie description "Wrong Side of the Road":A dramatised documentary showing 48 hours in the lives of members of the Aboriginal bands, No Fixed Address and Us Mob, including the racism, hostility and harassment they receive.
Reviews of the Wrong Side of the Road"Wrong Side of the Road" is a somewhat obscure film from the period that some call the "New Wave of Australian Cinema". It is a fictional (albeit semi-autobiographical) road movie about two real-life bands - No Fixed Address and Us Mob, but pulls no punches in portraying the socio-political issues that Aboriginal (or Indigenous) Australians faced at the time - and in fact is still quite relevant even up to this day. Not many Australian films up until this point had tackled this subject matter (although "Backroads", from 1977, is an early example however) - in this aspect, "Wrong Side of the Road" was certainly groundbreaking.
Some critics might say that this film is "too left-wing...", "too politically correct..." or perhaps even "too racially biased..." - but in honesty, the film is done from a perspective that mainstream Australia hadn't really either seen or heard previously. As a viewer, the issues dealt with in the film certainly resonated their point across quite loudly. Also given that just about everyone in the film is starring as themselves, it adds to the film's credibility as an honest portrayal of Indigenous Australia - yet it doesn't pretend to be a documentary - it is filmed more from a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the subjects' lives (with a few flashback scenes spliced in-between). However, the film does suffer from being a little slow-moving in some parts - a trait not uncommon with many Australian films from this period, which is sadly what bogs it down a bit. It does unfortunately detract from what is otherwise a quite good low-budget socio-political film.
Although there is one thing about this film which does make it enjoyable to watch - that is the soundtrack. The music is in one word - awesome! Both bands had originally formed in Adelaide in the late 1970s, and were involved in the Centre of Aboriginal Studies in Music. Breaking tradition with Indigenous Australian popular music (which had largely centered around Country & Western from the 1950s to the 1970s)
- No Fixed Addressed pioneered reggae, both within the Indigenous and
Although both bands are portrayed as playing live in the film, there are simply miming to the tracks which they had recorded in the studio for the soundtrack album for this film. The album in itself is a piece of Australian music history (which sadly is out of print - and to my knowledge never reissued on CD) and is well worth listening to if you are a dedicated music fan or collector. As for the film itself, it is well worth watching no matter who you are, if only for an insight into a part of Australia which is often ignored and as a piece of Australian cinematic history.
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