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Under the Volcano

Directed by Gracie Otto, 2020 Australia 96 minutes
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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).

After renting, the film will be available in your account to watch at any time during the Festival viewing window; from 12th November, 12 PM – 21st November, 11.59 PM.

Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award,
M - Coarse language
In English
Gracie Otto,
Cody Greenwood,
Cody Greenwood, Gracie Otto, Ian Shadwell,
Hugh Miller,
Karen Johnson,
Women Directors, Music, Central & South America, Australian Films, Documentary,
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Universal Pictures UK,