SOMETHING QUITE PECULIAR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STEVE KILBEY

UK / Australia, 2017 (MIFF 2017, Music On Film)

Director: Mike Brook

The Church's Under the Milky Way is one of the great Australian anthems. But for the man who wrote it, success became a portal into a world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll that almost destroyed his life. This is the story of Steve Kilbey.

By any metric Steve Kilbey, frontman of Oz rock pioneers The Church, has been one of Australia's most prolific and influential musicians. Over 40 years he's released more than 750 songs across almost 50 albums, earning himself endless accolades and a place in the ARIA Hall of Fame. But most people know him for his 1988 international hit, Under the Milky Way – a self-described 'accident', which kickstarted a lost decade of heroin addiction and would eventually cost him his family and almost his mind.

From one of our foremost film chroniclers of Australian rock, Mike Brook (Don't Throw Stones, MIFF 2014), comes the warts-and-all tale of one of our most talented, troubled rock'n'roll legends, all the way from rags to redemption. Fuelled by Kilbey's own brutal honesty and based on his memoir of the same name, Something Quite Peculiar delivers everything you'd ever want from a rock doc – dizzying stories, unsparing confessions and incredible music.

Director Mike Brook and subject Steve Kilbey will be at both sessions to introduce the film and take part in a post-screening Q&A.


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