AN EPIC ROAD TRIP INTO THE HEART OF COUNTRY MUSIC, CONNECTING WITH ICONIC MUSICIANS AND SONGS
Much-loved singer, actor and self-confessed city girl Justine Clarke crosses the inner city/country divide to embark on a road trip adventure into the heart of country music.
In this intimate journey through Australia, she travels to locations that have played an integral part in the creation and inspiration of iconic songs, as well as the lives of the artists who have helped shape the genre. Along the way she explores how country was the punk of its time - how it cut through with its striking clothes, wild singing styles and its own unique culture. But more than that, she uncovers the importance of country music – and how the songs capture who we are as a people and a nation, both then and now.
Six carefully selected songs form the spine of the series; some of Australia’s most talented musicians re-interpret the songs in their own musical style, performing them in evocative settings. Justine and performers examine each song in detail – its musical genius, its lyrics and its multiple meanings. In these re-interpretations we gain a new appreciation of the lasting power and resonance of the songs.
Interwoven with these performances are a selection of conversations with a ‘brains-trust’ of other well-known musicians, songwriters, historians and journalists. Alive with opinions, ideas, and historical fact, these always reveal the story of country music in illuminating ways. As well as these interviews, the series makes full use of a rich selection of archival footage, images, recordings and performances of many other important county songs, all of which add to the splendid visual and sonic mosaic that defines the series.
Joyous and heartfelt, Going Country is a powerfully cinematic and emotional viewing experience as Justine uncovers the authenticity of this unique and resilient musical form, set against the arresting and ever-changing backdrop of an Australian landscape.
From award-winning director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, A Place To Call Home, Doctor, Doctor), Going Country features musical performances by Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, Briggs, Troy Cassar-Daley and Fanny Lumsden, amongst many others.