Still from Under the Volcano (2021) - George Martin by a blue pool in an island setting
Still from Under the Volcano (2021) - George Martin by a blue pool in an island setting
Under the Volcano (2021) Park Circus

ACMI in association with AIDC presents

Under the Volcano + Q&A

Featuring a live Q&A with producer Cody Greenwood and MIFF Programmer Kate Jinx.

Gracie Otto | Australia | | M
Film

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Gracie Otto’s latest doco tells the story of AIR Montserrat: Beatles producer George Martin’s idyllic island recording studio, that saw a who’s who of 80s rock royalty pass through its doors.

The doc will be catnip to the class of record nerds who care about which great records came out of which bygone studios...

Variety

In the late 1970s, George Martin, arguably music’s first megaproducer, embarked on a mission to establish a recording studio away from the hustle and bustle of London, where musicians could disengage from the world and focus on their work. Enter Montserrat – a tiny, mostly untouched Caribbean Island not far from Antigua, where Martin built his studio under the shadow of a dormant volcano. Ten fruitful years of music recording followed, when Martin’s AIR Montserrat hosted everyone from Paul McCartney to Earth Wind and Fire, to Black Sabbath.

Under the Volcano features interviews from the likes of Sting, Jimmy Buffett and Nick Rhodes, as well as a host of Montserrat locals, all of whom share their experiences of working and recording at AIR studios. Interspersed throughout is brilliant archival footage showcasing the shenanigans, tantrums and jam sessions that went down at this legendary studio. Gracie Otto’s film is a nostalgic celebration of a bygone era of music recording.

Curated by ACMI Film Programs

Featuring a live Q&A with producer Cody Greenwood and MIFF Programmer Kate Jinx.

Presented in association with AIDC 2022

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Courtesy: Park Circus
Duration: 96 min

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Duration

96 mins

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Coarse language

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READ: Under the Volcano: The tiny island that rocked until disaster hit
Barry Divola, Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 2021

LISTEN: Interview with director Gracie Otto
Jason Di Rosso, The Screen Show (ABC Radio National), Sep 2021

Run down AIR Monsterrat studio - still from Under the Volcano (2020) - cropped

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