Lee Kernaghen, Archie Roach – how music fares at the Oz box office

Lee Kernaghen: Boy From the Bush ventured into the fraught music documentary space this weekend on 134 screens.
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Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow, which came out in March 2022, is now a memorial to perhaps our most potent and honest Indigenous voices. Their music changes us all.

The film, from Philippa Bateman, made all of $81,000 in cinemas though it bounced around for eight weeks. 

As the production company said on Facebook: ‘The film is streaming on Stan Australia but there will be some special screenings in cinemas, in memory of Archie Roach. Please check in with our Instagram account.’ 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.