John Farnham: Finding The Voice celebrates Australia’s greatest singer and his journey from the suburbs of Melbourne to 1960s pop fame, through life’s highs and lows, and ultimately to record-breaking success as “Australia’s Voice”.
This first authorised biopic features John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Barnes, Celine Dion, Robbie Williams, Daryl Braithwaite, Richard Marx, Glenn Wheatley, Gaynor Wheatley, David Hirschfelder, James Farnham, Robert Farnham, Jill Farnham, Paul Dainty and more, as it tracks the personal and public journey that has made Farnham Australia’s greatest and most beloved musical artist, with 1986’s Whispering Jack still the highest-selling Australian album of all time.
Since its cinema release on 18 May, the critically acclaimed film has become the highest Australian-grossing feature-length documentary of all time and the fourth biggest-grossing feature-length documentary in Australia ever.
Critics have described the powerful documentary as “must-see”, “enthralling”, and “inspiring”, a story with “laughter, tears, love and rock’n’roll” and a great tribute to Farnham’s “talent, tenacity and his gift for making and keeping friends”.
Sony Pictures Releasing International presents and Screen Australia presents, in association with Screen NSW, in association with VIC Screen, a Beyond Oz (a Banijay company) production in association with Blink TV – John Farnham: Finding The Voice – from executive producers Mikael Borglund, Martin Fabinyi and Paul Clarke, director Poppy Stockell and writers Poppy Stockell and Paul Clarke.
John Farnham: Finding The Voice premieres 7.30pm Monday, 24 July on Seven and 7plus
Beyond’s co-founder Mikael Borglund recently spoke to Mediaweek that the project was originally developed for a cinema release.
“This was quite an expensive project and there is no way of getting a television sale that would enable the financing to be put together. The music clearances alone were quite a substantial part of the budget.”
He added they could have even used more music but they culled a few songs. “We took a couple of hundred thousand dollars’ worth out of what we initially put into the film.”
Top image: John Farnham