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The Go-Betweens: Right Here

When I hear you saying / that we stood no chance / I would dive for your memory / we stood that chance sang the Go-Betweens in 1988.

Although they never made it far up the charts or had any hits, there was never a chance the legendary Australian post-punk band would fade from memory, though how they remember themselves is an interesting tale.

In The Go-Betweens: Right Here, director Kriv Stenders (the Red Dog films) delves deep into the personal relationships that formed the heart of the band and tore it apart.

The Go-Betweens was formed in Brisbane in the late 70s by close friends Grant McLennan and Robert Forster. With drummer Lindy Morrison and violinist Amanda Brown, they transformed the poetic songwriting of McLennan and Forster into singular pop music and became a cult indie rock band.

By 1988, the band had moved from Australia to the UK and back, with McLennan and Brown falling in love, while Forster and Morrison broke up. The resulting album, 16 Lovers Lane, saw the band gain long-deserved recognition – but by the following year, they were over.

Right Here takes all remaining remembers (McLennan died in 2006) and interviews them, separately and together, as well as other Australian music icons like Paul Kelly, on the impact of the band and what it was like inside the whirlwind that was the Go-Betweens.

A must-see for any fans of Australian music. 

Mon 23 Oct | 7pm | Darwin Entertainment Centre | $14 | $10 Memb, Conc

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Image: Peter Anderson

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