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Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free Unclassified 15+

Director: Mary Wharton
Origin: USA (2021)
Language: English

Newly discovered archival footage provides a time capsule into the making of Tom Petty’s iconic 1994 album Wildflowers, revealing an artist both at a career crossroads and at his most creative.

Tom Petty believed that Wildflowers was his greatest achievement, born out of a tumultuous period in his life: his marriage was falling apart, and so was his relationship with his band of 20 years, the Heartbreakers. The making of this album and its personal, confessional songs was captured by his filmographer, Martyn Atkins, on black-and-white 16mm – footage that was only unearthed by Petty’s daughter in 2020. Never seen before, it provides an inside view into the recording process while capturing the emotional temperature of this period in both Petty’s and his band’s lives.

With Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free, Mary Wharton crafts a eulogy to the titular musician, who died in 2017, presenting the home-movie-style footage alongside recent interviews with family, band members and key figures in the album’s creation, such as legendary producer Rick Rubin. The resulting film is an unvarnished look at Petty’s work during this intensely productive, and deeply tumultuous, time – both an intimate must-see for stalwart fans and a gateway to the music and the man for new ones.

Somewhere You Feel Free is a love letter to Petty, but also to that most mysterious of alchemies, the chemistry of a rock ’n’ roll band.” – Hollywood Reporter


The Music on Film strand is presented by Triple R

In Cinema

Sun 15 Aug 6:30 pm [19161]
Hoyts 11
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Fri 20 Aug 6:00 pm [21511]
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
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Featured Subjects
Adria Petty, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Rick Rubin, Steve Ferrone, Tom Petty
Director
Mary Wharton
Producer
Peter Afterman
Cinematographer
Anne Etheridge
Editor
Mari Keiko Gonzalez
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Submarine Entertainment

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