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Ticketmaster commissions two-part film series promoting Australia’s path to the return of live events

Ticketmaster commissions two-part film series promoting Australia’s path to the return of live events
October 5, 2021

Aiming to drive a return to live entertainment, Ticketmaster has commissioned two short films - Radical Hope and Back To Live - explore the impact the pandemic has had on Australia’s live industry.

The documentaries give a behind the scenes look from the perspective of promoters, artists, production crew, ticketing agents, and all those involved in getting shows back on the road across the country through lockdowns and imposed restrictions on mass gatherings.

Despite the many challenges that the industry faces, the films also explore how the live industry in Australia is one of the most resilient - bolstered by the passion and determination of the people that keep it running.

Introducing the films, Ticketmaster Australia Managing Director, Gavin Taylor commented “this is a critical time for our industry, and we wanted to put the spotlight on the incredible people working behind the scenes on the journey back to live, while shining a light on the huge benefits live entertainment brings to our society.”

The first film, Radical Hope, follows Western Australia-based promoter John Zaccaria as he staged the first national tours in early 2021, SummerSalt and ByTheC, following the nationwide lockdown.

The film takes viewers on an emotional journey showing how John, his team, and all those involved in producing these shows overcame COVID-19 restrictions to tell a compelling story based on ‘radical hope’.

The film highlights the complex process of putting on shows in the current climate while also serving as a celebration of the incredible work the industry is doing to return to live events. The film stars an array of Australian music stars, including Missy Higgins, John Butler, and Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire), and industry legends Icehouse tour manager Larry Ponting, President, Live Nation Asia Pacific Roger Field, Ticketmaster Head of Strategic Partnerships, Rob D’Orazio and Event Health Management, Managing Director Hugh Singe.

As Zaccaria recalls “the journey was wild, but the main take away is that it was possible - thanks to the support of all the bands, managers, Ticketmaster … and I can’t forget my great team.

“I’m hopeful it can serve as a model as we all strive to bring shows back at scale in the right way.”

The second film, Back To Live, takes a broader look at the industry, focusing on the importance of touring for artists, the need of community for fans, and a look to the future of our industry.

In this film, artists and performers including Missy Higgins, John Butler, Tim Rogers (You Am I), Emily Wurramara, and British comedian Russell Howard, alongside industry figures Larry Ponting, Roger Field, and Rob D’Orazio reflect on the sacrifices and challenges of the return to touring, the importance of community and coming together, and look to the future of our touring industry.

Roger Field, President of Live Nation Asia Pacific homed in on the resilience of the live industry in the way they are mobilising and working together to help navigate a pathway back to live entertainment, and comedian Russell Howard and musician John Butler talk about the importance of the audience to the live experience, and in turn, the importance of live performance for fans.

Field noted “we continue to see huge pent-up demand from fans, and with artists keen to get back on the road, we know live music will see a boom like never before - we just need to work with government on a solid roadmap for the path back to live.”

This series of films was commissioned and supported by Ticketmaster Australia and produced, directed, filmed and edited by the team at Jam TV Australia.

Production: Jam TV Australia
Director: Graham Watson, Jam TV
Videographers: Jye Jones, Jam TV and Billy Steele, Jam TV
Editor: Billy Steele, Jam TV
Producer: Gloria Brancatisano, Ticketmaster Australia
Featuring (in order of appearance): 
Felix Riebl, Artist - The Cat Empire
Missy Higgins, Artist
John Zaccaria, Promoter - Zaccaria Concerts & Touring
Hugh Singe, Managing Director - Event Health Management
Larry Ponting - JPJ/Icehouse Production & Tour Manager
John Butler, Artist
Rob D’Orazio, Promoter Relationship Manager - Ticketmaster
Roger Field, President - Live Nation Asia Pacific
Russell Howard, Comedian
Tim Rogers, Artist - You Am I
Emily Wurrumara - Artist

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