Brumley's Suitcase 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
From Adelaide to Austin to the heart of Americana.
In September 2016, Dan Crannitch, Taasha Coates and Kelly Menhennett, three Adelaide-based musicians, who have grown up singing folk and blues from the American songbook, travelled to Austin, TX. They were invited by the relatives of Albert E. Brumley (legendary songwriter of countless American classics including the iconic ‘I’ll Fly Away’, which featured in O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and the House of Songs, Austin, TX, to work with Austin musicians (Akina Adderley, Graham Wilkinson, Dawn and Hawkes, and Robert Vincent) to collaborate on and perform some of Brumley's lost songs, only recently discovered in an old suitcase. This musical goldmine offered to these young Australian musicians by the Brumley family was both a way of bringing the sister cities of Austin and Adelaide together through song, and to breathe new life into some undiscovered Brumley compositions. This short documentary follows the three Adelaide artists to the U.S to experience the intimate and exciting process of recording and performing their interpretations of these lost songs. This film is an inside look at the creative process and lyrical road trip that takes us into the history of the American gospel songbook through the eyes of three Australian songwriters.
Funding Partners: Adelaide Film Festival, Arts South Australia, through the Music Development Office, South Australian Film Corporation, City of Adelaide and The House of Songs.
Director Benjamin Dowie | Producer Christine Williams | Cinematographer Benjamin Dowie | Editor Benjamin Dowie | Director Mentor: Matt Bate, Producer Mentor: Rebecca Summerton, Sound Mix & Design: Oliver Dowie | Cast Adelaide Musicians: Dan Crannitch, Taasha Coates, Kelly Menhennett, Austin Musicians: Graham Wilkinson, Robert Vincent, Akina Adderley, Chris Hawkes, Miranda Dawn.
Ben Dowie’s work has had over 5 million views online via Vimeo and Youtube, and has been featured seven times on 'Vimeo Staff Picks'. He has received awards for his cinematography at the SA & WA Australian Cinematographers' Society Awards for the past three years, with 2 Golds, a Silver, and 3 Bronze. In 2013 he was runner-up in the film & video category of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards.