The Breaking of the Drought

9 August
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$14/12

This powerful film was shot in drought areas at Narrabri and Moree in December 1919. The stark, documentary realism of the imagery upset NSW MPs who were concerned about the possible impact on Australia’s image overseas. NFSA 35mm print

Silent with live musical accompaniment by Joe Dolezal


Canberra-based musician Joe Dolezal studied composition at the ANU under the direction of Jim Cotter. His focus as a composer is wide, incorporating musical game ideas along with more traditional compositional technics. 

His score for The Breaking Of The Drought incorporates a mix of traditional musical score with a storyboard for improvising. Despite having composed music for many design events, and having hosted musical game nights with up to 25 participants, he says that this film has been his toughest musical challenge yet.

The composer has assigned instruments to the characters:

Miroslav Bukovsky - trumpet: as Tom Wattleby the hero.

Rhys Butler - alto sax: as Varsy the villain.

Joe Dolezal - electric guitar: as both Mr and Mrs Galloway the parents.

Benjamin Drury - upright bass: as Gilbert Galloway the foolish lead.

Richard Johnson - soprano sax with bass drum and bass clarinet: as both Marjorie Galloway the female lead and Olive Lorette the female villain.

Lenny Preston - drum kit: as Damper, the Galloway's farmhand and resident funny man.


Sly Fox will be serving hot and cold drinks in the NFSA foyer from 5.30pm


See more films in our The Banned and the Beautiful program.