Waiting: The Van Duren Story

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Managed by Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones) in the 1970’s, Memphis local ​Van Duren​ was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney, but instead faded into obscurity. Forty years later, two larrikin Australians come across the mysterious musician’s lost album and set out to discover what went wrong. They track Van Duren down on Facebook and, despite never having picked up a camera before, journey through the US to meet him.

Along the way they cross paths with rock stars, Scientologists, con men and a host of talented musicians who never quite made it. When they discover that Van doesn’t own his own music, the two friends make a vow not to give up until they can return the rights to Van, and finish the film.

Van Duren’s lost career is a parable of the trials and tribulations of the music industry – an industry that leaves countless broken dreamers behind in its wake. ​Waiting: the Van Duren Story ​is a love letter to the artist that should have helped to define a generation.

Followed by a Q&A with Van Duren & the film’s director

BBFC rating
Running time
79 mins
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Greg Carey, Wade Jackson

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March 22nd

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