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Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line

Directed by Paul Clarke
105 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Legendary music and activism are front and centre in this exciting documentary, created with unfettered access to seminal Australian rock band Midnight Oil, who emerged from politically charged 1970s Sydney to become global icons

Across a 45-year career ‘The Oils’ helped shape modern Australia with anthems like “US Forces”, “Beds Are Burning” and “Redneck Wonderland”. Featuring unseen footage and interviews with every band member, alongside signature moments including the outback tour with Warumpi Band, their Exxon protest gig in New York and those famous “Sorry” suits at the Sydney Olympics, Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line traces the journey of Australia’s quintessential rock band.

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Special Guests

Paul Clarke
Director, Executive Producer
Paul Clarke is a Logie-nominated Australian documentary filmmaker with a long list of credits. Clarke has profiled politicians (Whitlam: The Power & The Passion, 2013), cultural icons (Brilliant Creatures: Robert, Germaine, Clive, and Barry, 2015), and musicians (John Farnham: Finding the Voice, 2023), and he created and executive produced the award-winning ABC quiz show, Spicks and Specks.
Mikael Borglund
Executive Producer
One of Australia’s most highly regarded film and television executives and a founding director of Beyond International, Mikael’s feature credits include The Crossing, Spotswood, Kiss or Kill, Lantana and James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D, as well as having managed the international distribution of Strictly Ballroom and Chopper. Most recently Mikael was Executive Producer of the documentary features The Musical Mind – A Portrait in Process, the AACTA Award-winning John Farnham: Finding the Voice, and Russell Crowe’s Poker Face.
Carolina Sorensen
An independent producer, Carolina Sorensen's credits include Scott Hicks and Kerry Heysen’s A Musical Mind – A Portrait in Process and she produced I’m Wanita which won Best Documentary at the 2021 Sydney Film Festival, the Raindance Award for Best Music Documentary and the AIDC Award for Best Feature Documentary.
Martin Fabinyi
Founder of Regular Records, in 1993 Martin Fabiyini formed Mushroom Pictures with Michael Gudinski, producing or executive producing Andrew Dominik’s Chopper and Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek. Recent credits include Blood & Thunder: The Story of the Alberts, The Angels documentary Kickin’ Down The Door and the AACTA Award winning John Farnham: Finding the Voice.


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Program Strand
Official Competition, Opening Night, Official Competition
Unclassified 15+
In English
Paul Clarke
Carolina Sorensen. Executive Producer: Mikael Borglund, Paul Clarke and Martin Fabinyi
Paul Clarke
Gretchen Peterson
World Premiere
Australian Films, Documentary, World Premieres, Politics & Economics, Music, Biography
Company Credits
Production Company: Blink TV and Beyond Entertainment. Australian Distributor: Roadshow Entertainment
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