Still of young woman screaming in crowd of concert in 'Rock 'n' Roll' (1959)
Still of young woman screaming in crowd of concert in 'Rock 'n' Roll' (1959)
Rock 'n' Roll (1959)

ACMI and Melbourne Music Week present

Rock 'n' Roll

Lee Robinson | Australia | 1959 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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Join us in the cinema for the re-premiere of this rare Australian concert film, thought to have been lost forever, until now.

Filmed, released, tragically lost and miraculously rediscovered, Rock 'n' Roll is Australia's – and one of the world's – oldest surviving concert films.

Produced in 1959, a few years after the titular genre burst onto the world stage, Lee Robinson's concert film captures a pivotal moment in the Australian music scene through live performances by Johnny O'Keefe, The Delltones, and Cole Joye.

Surviving only in the form of a short fragment familiar to many as part of the introduction to ABC's Rage, the feature-length film was mostly thought to have been lost forever. However, following the film's recent rediscovery and digitisation, Rock 'n' Roll now stands as a time capsule of 1950s Australian youth culture and the world's oldest surviving concert film of its genre.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Mark Iaria
Duration: 80 mins

Co-presented with


80 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)



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