With a bold disregard for convention, director Haydn Keenan combines documentary and cinéma verité with Super 8 earthiness to craft this largely unnoticed landmark in Australian independent filmmaking.
Starring Tracy Mann, Going Down
takes its inspiration from the inner-city communal households of Australia's 1970s counterculture and is considerably more optimistic and less drug-oriented than other films of the period.
Look out for brief appearances by Gary Foley as a dance organisor and Claudia Karvan as a child whose toy panda is stolen. Haydn Keenan writes
"Remember running home from the cinema copying Superman or the cowboys you'd just seen. Well, do that after seeing Going Down
and you'll get locked up. This is a film which makes you want to head out to see some music, have a few drinks and a bit of the other. Made with all the joy, passion and care that real commitment brings; this film came out of nowhere to become a classic. Unlike nearly all its contemporaries, Going Down
had no 'chocolate box' settings, wide brown vistas, government money or tired middle class views. It's contemporary, youthful and urban. This is a film for, by, and about its audience. It's a true story which still speaks truly. Going Down
screened at the Sundance Film Festival as well as Newcastle on Tyne, Turin and Hof film festivals. Self-distributed, the film became a huge hit, running for 14 weeks in Sydney; but it died the death in Melbourne when we opened in Grand Final Week, during The Royal Show, and in a cinema which had been running porno the week before! With a title like Going Down
, we learnt a very hard lesson. With music by Randy Newman, Nick Cave, James Reyne and The Dynamic Hepnotics, this is a rip-roaring night on the town you won't forget."