Monster Fest Presents / 24 May 2017


DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM, the definitive Radio Birdman documentary will open Adelaide’s MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW at GU Film House on Friday July 21st at 7pm.

About the film:
Sydney, Australia. 1974. A group of outsiders band together with a mission. In world of satin jumpsuits and screaming teens on Countdown, they form the high energy rock’n’roll band RADIO BIRDMAN, forever determined to keep compromise from their art. Switched off, shut down and booted out of venue after venue they stay determined to do things their own way, and they slowly accumulate a cult-like following of youth, a ‘New Race’ of disaffected youth who rally around the band. DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM is the true story of Radio Birdman, from their original formation to the present. Like the band itself, it’s an independent production, made from outside the industry. It shows what the band meant to the fans, and how they changed Australia, by inspiring a golden age of indie music from Cold Chisel to Midnight Oil. DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM features interviews with all surviving members of the band and doesn’t shy away from the internal conflict which sometimes fuelled the band’s performances. It’s already been called the greatest Australian music documentary ever made and is crammed full of Radio Birdman music and rare archival footage and photos, some not seen for over 40 years!

About the festival:
Adelaide genre fans will get a taste of Monster Pictures’ annual Melbourne-based genre film festival MONSTER FEST this July thanks to the continued partnership with Event Cinemas to present MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW at GU Film House Adelaide on July 21-23rd, 2017 with a subsequent date in Perth to be announced soon. MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW is a mix of horror-centric highlights around the globe and will feature some select Australian and Adelaide premieres! The fright-filled weekend will also include a new 4K restoration of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece SUSPIRIA along with THE EVIL WITHIN, made by millionaire meth addict, Andrew Getty, heir the Getty oil fortune who reportedly sunk $6 million dollars of his own fortune into the film, only to die before he could finish it. Fresh out of Sundance is 78-52, a documentary that takes an unprecedented look at the ‘shower scene from PSYCHO’, the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. It features interviews with film buffs and filmmakers alike—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Elijah Wood, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich amongst many others.

Join theMONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW Facebook Event here and stay tuned for more line-up announcements!