Descent into the Maelstrom: The Radio Birdman Story

Sound Screen Music and Film Festival

Sydney, Australia. 1974. A group of outsiders band together with a mission. In world of satin jumpsuits and screaming teens, they form the high energy rock’n’roll band Radio Birdman, forever determined to keep compromise from their art. Switched off, shut down and booted out of venue after venue they stay determined to do things their own way, and they slowly accumulate a cult-like following of disaffected youth.

Descent into the Maelstrom is the true story of Radio Birdman, from their original formation to the present. Like the band itself, it’s an independent production, made from outside the industry. Featuring interviews with all surviving members of the band, the film doesn’t shy away from the internal conflict which fuelled the band’s performances. It’s already been called the greatest Australian music documentary ever made and is crammed full of Radio Birdman music and rare archival footage and photos, some not seen for over 40 years!

Followed by a Q&A with Director, Jonathan Sequeira and Radio Birdman’s Ron Keeley

“Radio Birdman were combative, confrontational, hated by the musical establishment, and changed the lives of thousands who saw them perform.”  – The Guardian

BBFC rating
Running time
110 mins
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Jonathan Sequeira

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