Wed Oct 19, 6:00 PM
Director: Madeleine Parry
100 minutes
Unclassified 15+

World Premiere

The Angels came hurtling out of Adelaide in the 1970s with the searing guitar sound of the Brewster brothers and Doc Neeson, a frontman who was beyond intense. Their songs remain etched in the DNA of this city: Am I Ever Goin’ to See Your Face Again, Take a Long Line, No Secrets. They worked their way up, developing an unmistakably unique musical style. By 1978 they were a behemoth of the local rock scene and on the path to international success… until they just missed their chance. Yet they still revolutionised the Aussie music scene, transforming it from pretty pop to gritty guitar rock, featuring ferocious and theatrical live shows. Adelaide director Madeleine Parry (Hannah Gadsby: Nanette) has made a surprisingly intimate documentary, with band members’ home videos and never-before-seen photos, exploring the internal tensions that strained relationships to breaking point, even while producing incandescent rock’n’roll.

Opening Night will also feature the World Premiere of the short film Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black), written and directed by Derik Lynch and Matthew Thorne.


Ticket price includes access to the post-screening gala event. To celebrate the World Premiere of their film, AFF is excited to announce that The Angels will perform an exclusive gig for post-screening gala attendees. 

Guests will enjoy a post-screening celebration in unique Adelaide style, alongside the filmmakers, members of the band, and an A-list of screen industry talent.


The Angels: Kickin' Down the Door is an Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund premiere title.
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Premiere World
Film Type Documentary
Program Strand AFF Investment Fund
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Language English
Director Madeleine Parry
Producer Peter Hanlon, Rick Davies, Martin Fabinyi, Mikael Borglund, Madeleine Parry
Writer Madeleine Parry
Cinematographer Liam Somerville
Editor Emma McGavisk
Cast John Brewster, Rick Brewster, Sam Brewster, Dave Gleeson, Nick Norton, Doc Neeson
Genre Music

Screens with: Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)

Wed Oct 19, 6:30 PM
Director: Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch
23 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) is a multi-disciplinary artwork created by Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch and Australian artist Matthew Thorne. The film follows Derik's road trip from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide back to country – Aputula – to perform on sacred Inma ground, while memories from his youth growing up on country return. Inam is a traditional form of storytelling using the visual, verbal, and physical. It is how Anangu Tjukurpa (myths) have been passed down for over 60,000+ years.
Film Type Short
Program Strand AFF Investment Fund
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Director Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch
Producer Matthew Thorne, Patrick Graham, Duncan Graham, Corey Gray, Cameron Gray, Justin Kurzel, Patrick Graham, Matthew Thorne
Writer Derik Lynch, Matthew Thorne
Cinematographer Andrew Gough
Cast Derik Lynch