Something in the Water (film)
Something in the Water is a 2008 Australian documentary film written and directed by Aidan O'Bryan. Using live, archival, and interview footage shot in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Windsor in Berkshire, England, it explores the history and environment behind the development of local and nationally acclaimed musical talent in Western Australia.
The film was funded by Perth media production company WBMC, headed by screenwriter/director Aidan O'Bryan and producer Janelle Landers.
The film follows the rise to fame of some of Western Australia's most successful musicians. Something in the Water features more than fifty interviews with bands including Little Birdy, The Waifs, The Sleepy Jackson, Eskimo Joe, End of Fashion, Jebediah, Le Hoodoo Gurus, The Panics and Red Jezebel. The film asks whether Perth's talented spawn can be attributed to the city's isolation, the environment or the music scene itself, or whether there is, in fact, something in the water.
Something in the Water premiered at the Astor Theatre in Perth and had a limited theatrical run in that city. It later was shown at the FTI Fremantle Film Festival and the 2008 WAMi Festival. An accompanying two-disc compilation of various Western Australian artists became available via MGM Distribution as well as online in January 2009.
The film was screened on ABC2 on 13 May 2009. Following this national broadcast, the film was released on DVD on 3 July 2009 via MGM Distribution. The DVD includes additional interview footage with Eskimo Joe, John Butler, The Triffids, Dave Faulkner and Kim Salmon.
Some people have noted that the film neglects to mention some of the more notable Perth performers from the 1970s and even 1960s. While Johnny Young makes an appearance, other performers like Glen Ingram & The Hi-Five, Bakery, The Elks, Fatty Lumpkin, Sid Rumpo, Dave Warner, The Dugites and Rip Torn & The Stockings and groundbreaking producer Martin Clark and his Clarion Records are completely ignored (although The Dugites do make an appearance on the film's soundtrack double CD release).
- Eskimo Joe
- Little Birdy
- John Butler Trio
- The Sleepy Jackson
- The Triffids
- Hoodoo Gurus
- The Scientists
- Rolf Harris
- Baby Animals
- Red Jezebel
- Robbie Buck and Richard Kingsmill from triple j
- Stephen Malkmus from Pavement
- The Kill Devil Hills
- Birds of Tokyo
- The Victims
- The Silents
- Johnny Young
- The Stems
- The Panics
- Sugar Army
- The Panda Band
- Bob Evans
- Sex Panther
- Abbe May
- The Waifs
- End of Fashion
The soundtrack includes music from the film as well as music that inspired the film.
|Something in the Water - Disc 1|
|1.||"From the Sea"||Eskimo Joe||3:21|
|3.||"O Yeah"||End of Fashion||3:04|
|5.||"Good Dancers"||The Sleepy Jackson||4:14|
|7.||"Sun Dirt Water"||The Waifs||3:39|
|8.||"Something's Gotta Give"||John Butler Trio||3:11|
|9.||"Drinking Too Much"||The Kill Devil Hills||4:01|
|10.||"Desire Be, Desire Go"||Tame Impala||4:13|
|11.||"Hoodoo You Do"||The Devil & Abbe May||4:10|
|12.||"Swimming with Sharks"||Snowman||2:40|
|13.||"Bish Bosh II: The Bish Bosh"||Tucker B's||4:46|
|14.||"Pretty Boys"||Sex Panther||3:34|
|16.||"City Walls and Empires"||Institut Polaire||4:23|
|17.||"Black Sheets"||Birds of Tokyo||3:16|
|18.||"I Got Your Soul"||Sugar Army||3:30|
|20.||"Kicking Deadly Sins"||Red Jezebel||2:45|
|21.||"The General Calling"||The Panics||5:13|
|Something in the Water - Disc 2|
|1.||"Wide Open Road"||The Triffids||4:11|
|2.||"At First Sight"||The Stems||4:03|
|3.||"Tojo Never Made It To Darwin"||Hoodoo Gurus||3:25|
|4.||"Frantic Romantic"||The Scientists||2:48|
|5.||"Television Addict"||The Victims||3:00|
|6.||"Centre of Pride"||The Manikins||2:47|
|7.||"I Like It Both Ways"||Supernaut||3:41|
|8.||"In Your Car"||The Dugites||3:00|
|9.||"Heaven (Must Be There)"||Eurogliders||3:45|
|10.||"Rush You"||Baby Animals||4:11|
|14.||"Old Soul"||Rosemary Beads||3:47|
|15.||"Crystal Beerhouse"||Adam Said Galore||3:57|
|16.||"Jump for Joy"||Cinema Prague||3:08|
|17.||"Enemy Mine"||Blackeyed Susans||4:09|
|18.||"Set Back"||Johnny Young and Kompany||1:53|
|19.||"Hallowed Ground"||Yummy Fur||8:40|
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- Something in the Water at the Internet Movie Database
- Something in the Water at MySpace
- Something in the Water at YouTube
- Something in the Water at the National Film and Sound Archive
- Bakery at Milesago
- Fatty Lumpkin at Milesago
- Martin Clark at Milesago
- Clarion Records at Milesago