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Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You
A Concert for Kate McGarrigle
Director Lian Lunson
Rufus and Martha Wainwright host an all-star tribute concert for their late mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
Kate McGarrigle was a prolific songwriter in her own right, the musical partner of her sister Anna McGarrigle and mother to Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. Her untimely death in January 2010 shattered not only her family and friends but legions of fans worldwide.
In May 2011 family and friends gathered together at the Town Hall Theater in New York City to pay tribute to the late, great singer-songwriter. Featuring a roll-call of folk-rock royalty including Anna McGarrigle, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Antony Hegarty, Jimmy Fallon, Norah Jones, Justin Vivian Bond, Teddy Thompson, Krystle Warren, Sloan Wainwright, Jenni Muldaur, Joe Boyd and Michael Ondjaatje, this immersive documentary is part concert film, and partly an intimate look at a family coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.
The Australian-born director Lian Lunson first worked with the McGarrigle and Wainwright family on the feature documentary Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, filmed at the Sydney Opera House tribute concert to Cohen.
Melbourne Premiere screening.
The film will be preceded by a live performance by special guests featuring Bec Rigby from The Harpoons and Dale Packard from New Gods, and their parents. They’ll be performing a collection of folk songs including select covers of Wainwright and McGarrigle numbers.
Screening as part of the 2014 Brunswick Music Festival.
–The Village Voice
“The film is both celebration and elegy, a sing-along and a cry-along, a cathartic moan and a perfect bliss-out.”
–The Hollywood Reporter
“Lunson favours fluid long shots, single takes and tight close-ups. This old-school approach owes more toMartin Scorsese’s classic 1978 rock-doc The Last Waltz than the same director’s sense-blitzing Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light 30 years later. The overall effect is anachronistic but graceful and engrossing, evoking some of the fuzzy analogue warmth of the vinyl LP era. It also amplifies the slow-motion psychodrama unfolding onstage. Rufus, Martha and other family members perform several numbers with tears glistening down their cheeks, their private grief magnified to billboard dimensions by high-contrast monochrome.”