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SXSW Aussie BBQ Gets Documentary Treatment

Written by Barnaby Smith on May 26, 2011

This year at SXSW in Austin, Texas, the Aussie BBQ – the special showcase for Australian bands at the famous festival – was the biggest since it began life nine years ago. Now, a documentary on the event is to be screened this weekend.

The film was put together by Stage Mothers and Bigpond Music, and looks behind the scenes at the event. It features interviews with and footage of the likes of Cloud Control, Washington, The Jezabels, Little Red, Boy & Bear, Dan Brodie and others.

The documentary, titled I Don’t Know Why, But We Do…, will be screened this weekend (Sunday May 29) on the BPM Music Channel.

No less than 36 Australian bands performed at Aussie BBQ 2011. The event began in 2003 and has now become a vital showcase for domestic acts, with a host of such shows taking place across North America and the UK (including at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton). Such bands to play Aussie BBQ in the past include Powderfinger, Birds of Tokyo, The Living End and Missy Higgins.

BigPond Music Manager Matt McAleer said of the documentary: “BPM has always proudly promoted Australian music so it was only natural that we support the Aussie BBQ by commissioning this fly on the wall documentary. This partnership builds on the great work Stage Mothers are doing overseas by helping to promote these artist at home in Australia.”

The documentary will be available to be seen over at the Bigpond website, while a taster of it can be seen below.

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