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PERSECUTION BLUES: THE BATTLE FOR THE TOTE

Australia, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Backbeat)

Director: Natalie van den Dungen

PERSECUTION BLUES: THE BATTLE FOR THE TOTE

"The Tote is as important to the history of Australian rock'n'roll as New York's CBGB's was to punk." - Mess + Noise

Persecution Blues is Natalie van den Dungen's love letter to The Tote's cherished place within the Melbourne music community. From the little Collingwood pub's riotous 21st birthday through to the epic battle for The Tote's survival in 2010 - as 20,000 people took to the streets to protest the venue's closure - this is a passionate doco about a pub with poor lighting and sticky carpet that could lay claim to being one of the most beloved and infamous live music venues in Australia.

Featuring interviews with and performances by the bands and personalities that have frequented The Tote over the years including The Drones, Spiderbait and The Meanies, Persecution Blues is a scorching, impassioned tribute to a piece of Melbourne musical history.

Natalie van den Dungen is a guest of the Festival.

D Natalie van den Dungen P Nicole Rogers, Natalie van den Dungen Dist Madman Entertainment TD HD Cam/2011


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