Filmed in Melbourne, Australia, Gretchen Wood examines how music from the American South has influenced the roots of Aussie punk. The film features music by and conversations with underground veterans Kim Salmon of the Scientists, the Surrealists, and Beasts of Bourbon and with Beasts of Bourbon founding member Spencer P. Jones also of The Johnnys and currently leader of the Escape Committee. Melbourne music entrepreneur Bruce Milne, pop culture historian Clinton Walker, and The Age newspaper's music and film editor Jo Roberts also weigh in on how the vast influences from blues and country, perhaps the South's greatest cultural exports, are instrumental in creating the distinct swampy sound that defines Aussie punk. This was mostly shot by Wood on an iPhone 4S, but Melbourne photographer Carbie Warbie contributed the vast majority of performance footage which was essential to the film's distinct look.
A graduate student in Southern Studies, Wood will base her master's thesis on this work.
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