It was a privilege to spend an afternoon in the South Melbourne Town Hall filming a rehearsal and interviews with Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly, composer James Ledger and performers of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Paul Kelly joins forces with ten young performers from ANAM and the incomparable recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey to present the world premiere of an original song cycle, based on the poetry of W.B. Yeats, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and Les Murray as well as on several new lyrics of his own.
Created by Kelly in collaboration with ANAM’s 2011 resident composer, James Ledger, Conversations With Ghosts is a bittersweet reflection on the nature of mortality and an uplifting memorial to those who have been lost.
From Slessor’s incantatory Five Bells and Yeats’ Sailing to Byzantium to Murray’s Once in a Lifetime Snow’, Conversations With Ghosts pays homage to some of the English language’s greatest wordsmiths, offering a unique and unforgettable evening of music and lyricism.
Shot and directed by Ryan Blair, produced and edited by The Grindhouse.