The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has unveiled one of its most eclectic offerings for its 2022 edition, announcing that Mick Harvey and Springtime will perform a live re-scoring of Chopper as part of the Hear My Eyes series.
Set to take place on 17th August at Melbourne’s historic Astor Theatre, the Hear My Eyes series sees Australian artists perform live re-scorings of the films projected behind them. Previous events have seen The Murlocs re-score Gregor Jordan’s Two Hands, and Tropical Fuck Storm reimagine the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men.
Now, Tropical Fuck Storm’s Gareth Liddiard will again saddle up for the occasion, appearing as part of the avant-garde supergroup Springtime (including The Necks’ Chris Abrahams and the Dirty Three’s Jim White) who will collaborate with Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds founder Mick Harvey to re-score Andrew Dominik’s controversial 2000 film Chopper.
“It will be amazing to have the opportunity to revisit the music for Chopper, 22 years on and to work with such brilliant musicians and friends as the guys from Springtime to concoct something different,” Harvey said of the occasion.
“I’m excited to see how the musicians react to the film,” added Dominik. “It’s being given over to them, they’ll have their way with it for a few nights and you’ll have to be there if you want to experience it.
“It’s ephemeral and it’s communal and it’ll be exciting for me because it won’t be mine anymore – it’ll be the film through their eyes.”
Curated by Hear My Eyes’ Artistic Director Haydn Green, Harvey and Springtime will perform their re-scoring on two occasions, appearing at both 6:15pm and 9pm on Wednesday, 17th August. Ticketing details are available the Melbourne International Film Festival website.