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Under the Volcano

Directed by Gracie Otto
96 minutes
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The story of Montserrat’s celebrated recording studio and the musicians – including Dire Straits, Elton John and the Police – enticed by its idyllic Caribbean vibe.
Nestled in the shadow of a then-dormant volcano, AIR Studios was founded in 1979 by Beatles producer Sir George Martin. His goal was to provide an artist-friendly space with a relaxed Caribbean ambience and top-notch technicians. The friendly islanders contributed to the chilled-out atmosphere. For a decade the biggest names in the business travelled to the tiny island – Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones, being just a few. Their trips inspired songs such as ‘Money for Nothing' and ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'. Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario, SFF 2014) traces AIR Studios' heyday, with interviews and wonderfully evocative archive footage of musicians at work and play.

Gracie Otto is a graduate of Sydney Film School, with credits as director, writer, editor and actor. Her debut documentary, The Last Impresario (SFF 2014) won the AACTA Best Documentary Award. She was Associate Producer on Nick Broomfield’s Whitney Can I Be Me (SFF 2017).
The doc will be catnip to the class of record nerds who care about which great records came out of which bygone studios… and this one certainly offers better scenery than, say, the Van Nuys-set Sound City.
Variety, Chris Willman
40 years later, it’s hilarious to see Stewart Copeland speak of Sting with still-fresh feelings of exasperation, irritation and admiration. Fans of Elton John will find the manic work ethic he applied to the album Too Low for Zero fascinating.
Glenn Kenny, The New York Times


Sat 6 Nov
Event Cinemas VMAX2
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award, On Demand
In English
Gracie Otto
Cody Greenwood
Cody Greenwood, Gracie Otto, Ian Shadwell
Hugh Miller
Karen Johnson
Documentary, Australian Films, Central & South America, Music, Women Directors
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Universal Pictures UK
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