BEATING THE DRUM enters the controversial debate over the concepts of “world music”, cultural appropriation, musical integrity and ownership, and the current growth in popularity of music from non-Western cultures. Musicians, academics, broadcasters and World Music aficionados of culturally diverse backgrounds “beat” out a vibrant discussion across Melbourne at night, a discussion that can be extrapolated to most Western ‘multicultural’ cities. But there are no easy answers, and in the end BEATING THE DRUM is a documentary in which the music does the talking.
BEATING THE DRUM
CREW: Director - Fiona Cochrane Producers - Fiona Cochrane & Louise Hubbard Writers - Fiona Cochrane & Louise Hubbard Editor - Zbigniew Friedrich Cinematographers - Kathy Chambers & Zbigniew Friedrich Sound - Chris Izzard & David Harrison
MUSICIANS: Xylouris Ensemble, Kavisha Mazzella & La Voce Della Luna, Petrunka, Rembetika Compania, Terrasphere, Tom E.Lewis, Inka Marka, Taksim, Ta’Esh Fa’Esh, Vladimir Kocibelli, Thula Sana, Adzohu, Fronteras, Tsicaderis Ensemble & George Telek.
Produced with the assistance of SBS-Independent & Australian Film Finance Corporation
SELECTED for the 1999 Golden Rose of Montreux competition (Arts & Specials); GOLD CINDY at the 1999 International CINDY competition (USA); GOLD SPECIAL JURY AWARD at 1999 Worldfest - Houston Int. Film Festival (USA); BRONZE PLAQUE at 1998 Columbus International Film & Video Awards (USA); BRONZE AWARD at 1998 Worldfest - Flagstaff International Film Festival (USA); CERTIFICATE OF CREATIVE EXCELLENCE at 1999 US Int. Film & Video Festival; HONOURABLE MENTION at 1999 PHILAFILM International Film Festival (USA); & HIGHLY COMMENDED at 1998 Bathurst Film Festival (Australia).
SCREENINGS: 1998 Encontros Internacionais Cinema Documental 1999 Dublin Film Festival, 1999 International Independent.Film Festival of Brussels Mumbai International Film Festival 2000.
Distributed in Australia by VEA / Video Education Australasia www.vea.com