Just Passing Through started almost accidently and bares it’s roots and interview I conducted with The Drones’ drummer, Mike Noga, in the laundry of my Hobart sharehouse. It was 2010, I was 22, unemployed and broke.
The preceding years were spent officially at uni, but the majority of my time went into writing music and playing shows. After releasing our first album Ivy St toured the east coast of Australia then New Zealand, then Australia again - never making enough money to cover costs, but enough to make us realise that someone probably could.
Fascinated by the prospect, Sean and I began working on what would become Just Passing Through. Without what little money, equipment and know how we had, we organised interviews with Tim Rogers (You Am I), Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Glenn Richards (Augie March), Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey), Sarah Blasko, Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate), Kim Salmon (The Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon) and Jae Laffer (The Panics) between August 2010 and February 2012.
Shooting on a Canon 5D and 7D, we began collecting footage of scene’s musician would frequently pass through - a highway in Australia, a hotel room in Japan, a plane in Kuala Lumpur, an airport in Berlin, another empty pub, another anonymous festival.
With such a mountain of footage, arriving at the final 22 minute cut was a long and arduous process. To allow for a more personal narrative, limited the appearing artists to three: Gareth, Sarah & Paul. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who spoke with us about their livelihood and with to thank all those who helped keep this alive, without such inspiring subjects & collaborators this film would not exist.
Director, Producer, Editor, Sound Design
Director of Photography, Producer
Special thanks to Natalie Van Den Dungen, Justin Heazlewood, & Chris Campbell