Over Christmas, I watched "Blood and Thunder: The Sound of Alberts". It tells the story of Ted Albert and his promotion of Australian contemporary music from the 1960s. It was very good. This promo provides a very good feel
During that same period, I also watched 'Brilliant Creatures: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob". In this two parter, Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson traces the footsteps of Germaine Greer, Barry Humphries, Clive James and Robert Hughes arguing these Australian giants didn't just join the cultural revolution in the 60s, they led it. Again the promo.
I am considerably younger than Jacobson's Brilliant Creatures: Barry Humphries was born in 1934, Robert Hughes in 1938, Clive James and Germaine Greer in 1939. However, the academic world in which I grew up, while having its own specific features, was still very similar to that in which they flowered initially. I did not feel the need to leave the country, I had neither their brilliance nor needs, but could understand the drivers that led to that mass departure of so many Australian intellectuals in the late fifties and sixties.
Strictly Ballroom, a movie equally loved by I and my daughters.
Looking at his career, I couldn't help wondering what might have been if Albert's life had not been so tragically cut short by heart attack.
One unifying theme in these two apparently very different stories lies in a certain brashness in the Australian character and culture, a dislike of cant, that led those involved to push the boundaries.
This brings me to my questions for this forum. We are all formed by our own experiences. What, to you, is that music or film for that matter that brings back your younger years? Are there distinct features in the Australian cultural experience? As always, feel free to go in whatever direction you want.