UNDER THE VOLCANO is only available as part of the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary Bundle.
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).