MIDNIGHT OIL 1984 is the story of the sweat-soaked, hardworking rock and roll band whose music galvanised a generation of young Australians and inspired them to believe in the power of music to change the world.

Featuring the biggest hits from some of their most legendary shows, the movie gives you an Access All Areas pass to see the band behind the scenes and where the action is. Feel the electric energy on stage and witness the personal struggles of the band members as they try to balance the equally compelling demands of both music and politics when lead singer Peter Garrett decides to join the race for an Australian Government Senate seat.

A vivid portrait of the era and the songs that embodied it, MIDNIGHT OIL 1984 is an up close and personal look at the iconic rock band, seen on the big screen for the first time.

In 1984 Midnight Oil launched the tour for their new album “Red Sails in the Sunset”. At the same time a new political party, the Nuclear Disarmament Party, approached Midnight Oil’s lead singer Peter Garrett to head their run for a Senate seat in NSW. 

Midnight Oil had been building a strong following since 1977, their live performances were legendary.  Their popularity was giving a voice to the feelings of a young generation concerned about nuclear power, indigenous affairs, environmentalism and US dominance of Australian culture. 

It is these early, sometimes awkward, formative years that are at the centre of the film.

Using never before seen footage of the band as they toured Australia MIDNIGHT OIL 1984 tells a story that is infused with the raw kinetic power of their music. With the thumping beat and dynamic complexity of all their smash hits, the film tells how a group of awesomely talented musicians with a powerful and ambitious message were able to inspire a generation to try and change the world. The film opens nationally from  May 11.

More information at Madman Entertainment and watch the official trailer on here.


To celebrate the release of MIDNIGHT OIL 1984, thanks to Madman Entertainment, we’re giving away 10 double passes to an advance screening of the production at Event Cinemas George Street – Cinema # 7Thursday 3rd May at 6:00pm.     
To be in the running to win a double pass email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with BLUE SKY MINE as the subject. Competition closes midnight Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018.  Only winners will be notified.