Friday, September 8, 2017

 

Silent film and live music paint epic voyage

Arts Space Wodonga is offering residents and visitors a rare entertainment opportunity this weekend which involves watching an intriguing silent film documentary accompanied by a live four-piece band.

In 1924, the 38-year-old Italian film director Angelo Drovetti embarked on an epic 8,000 nautical-mile voyage with his movie camera.

The result, Dall’Italia All’Australia (From Italy to Australia), is regarded by many as the most comprehensive film ever made of a migrant voyage.

The film chronicles the voyage of the Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy) – one of three passenger ships first built for the Lloyd Sabaudo Line at the turn of last century. It showcases the panoramic views witnessed by Italian, Yugoslav, Greek, Arabic and Jewish migrants as they stood atop the deck of the old steamer during their seven-week world odyssey from Genoa to Australia.

The documentary is incredibly interesting viewing, but watching it while the band perform their own music soundtrack adds another dimension to the experience.

I Viaggiatori will perform live Italian folk music to accompany the film this Sunday, September 10, at 5pm in Arts Space Wodonga (tickets at thecubewodonga.com.au)