Paul Kelly: Stories of Me

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Paul Kelly - Stories of Me
Paul Kelly - Stories of Me Official Movie Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byIan Darling
Produced byIan Darling
Susan McKinnon
Mary Macrae
StarringPaul Kelly (musician)
CinematographySimon Smith
Edited bySally Fryer
Distributed byMadman Entertainment Aust/Nz
Release date
  • 1 October 2012 (2012-10-01)
Running time
96 minutes

Paul Kelly - Stories of Me is a 2012 Australian documentary directed by Ian Darling and produced by Shark Island Productions.[1][2]

The film sold out within 10 hours at the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival[3] and before its official theatrical release on 25 Oct 2012, the film went on a sold out National Tour as special event releases with Paul Kelly and director Ian Darling appearing on stage after the screening.[4]

It was broadcast on the ABC on 27 October 2012.


With a career spanning more than thirty years, this feature-length documentary explores Kelly's life from his childhood in Adelaide as the sixth of nine children and grandson of two famous opera singers, through to his reputation as one of Australia's best singer-songwriters. The relationship of Kelly's art to his life and personal journey are revealed as are the many hurdles he faced along the way.[5] The interview subjects include various members of Kelly's family, many of his fellow musicians and friends including novelists Richard Flanagan and Fiona McGregor, film director Rachel Perkins and musicians Megan Washington[6] and Archie Roach.[7]

Social impact[edit]

As part of the film's social impact and educational outreach program Shark Island Productions and The Caledonia Foundation launched Paul Kelly & The Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery by The Hon Tony Burke MP and Paul Kelly - Portrait of an Artist Schools' Education and Curriculum program by Peter Garrett and developed with the English Teachers Association NSW.[8] The report Music to Our Ears with the Music Council of Australia was commissioned to increase parental engagement to advance music education in schools.[9][10]

Paul Kelly - The Essays is a companion paperback book and e-book to the film tracking Kelly's life from aspiring cricketer as a young boy through to his status as one of Australia's best musicians.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]




  • Ian Darling as Director
  • Sally Fryer ASE as Editor
  • Susan Mackinnon as Producer
  • Mary Macrae as Producer
  • Toby Creswell as Executive Producer
  • David Leser as Executive Producer
  • Simon Smith as Director of Photography
  • Benjamin Cunningham as Cinematographer
  • Paul Charlier as Sound Designer and Music Mixer



  1. ^ "Paul Kelly - Stories of Me". Arts Hub.
  2. ^ Strickland, Katrina (22 September 2012). "Paul Kelly: Seeing is believing". Australian Financial Review.
  3. ^ "Paul Kelly Official Website".
  4. ^ Swift, Brendan (22 October 2012). "Box Office: Paul Kelly - Stories of Me grosses $118,344". Inside Film magazine.
  5. ^ Shoebridge, Joanne (13 November 2012). "Paul Kelly - Stories of Me". ABC North Coast.
  6. ^ "Paul Kelly - Stories of Me". Beat Magazine.
  7. ^ "Paul Kelly Stories of Me". The Solid State.
  8. ^ "Paul Kelly & The Portraits Media Release" (PDF). National Portrait Gallery. 18 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Music to Our Ears". Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Portrait of the artist". English Teachers Association NSW.
  11. ^ Shedden, Iain (20 July 2013). "Paul Kelly essays follow biopic Stories of Me". The Australian.
  12. ^ "The 2013 IPAF ATOM Awards Paul Kelly - Stories of Me". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013.
  13. ^ "2013 Australian Screen Sound Guild Winners announced".
  14. ^ "The 2nd AACTA Awards". Archived from the original on 5 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Australian Screen Editors awards".
  16. ^ "Melbourne International Film Festival".
  17. ^ "Turn up the Music". Canberra International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013.

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