Archie Roach: Why Archie writes music

Title:
Archie Roach: Why Archie writes music
NFSA ID:
1496885
Year:
2007
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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Short excerpt from Singing His Story: Archie Roach in Concert filmed at the Playhouse Theatre at the University of Western Sydney on 14 December 2007. 

Archie explains that he started writing songs as therapy for himself. Looking back he sees how each album has had its own character - with Charcoal Lane (1990) being 'a little dark' and the albums after - Jamu Dreaming (1993), Looking For Butterboy (1997) and Sensual Being (2002) progressively lightening up.

The minimalist production values are effective in focussing our attention on Archie's story and the clip has the feeling of documenting an intimate concert. It is a treat to hear an insight into Archie's creative process but it would add interest to see cutaways of the audience and their reaction as he is talking.

Producer:
University of Western Sydney
Production Company:
Filigree Films