The national release of the uplifting documentary Wide Open Sky, that explores the musical journey of Artistic Director Michelle Leonard and Moorambilla Voices, has received incredible acclaim across Australia.
“Everyone at Moorambilla Voices is so proud of this positive film,” says Artistic Director and Conductor Michelle Leonard. “We’re particularly excited to have this chance to show the world about our beautiful region, our remarkably talented children and the communities that we are all a part of.”
The critics roared approval of the film and gave it lots of stars! The film was directed by Lisa Nicol and won the audience award for Best Documentary at last year’s Sydney Film Festival. From the Sydney Morning Herald to TimeOut, The Australian, Variety, Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM, and arts critic John McDonald in the Australian Financial Review, here’s just a taste of the response:
“Music, as Leonard sees it, is about much more than rhythms and melodies. It’s about sparking critical thought and opening the minds of young people to life’s opportunities and possibilities.” Variety
“These country kids are bright and ambitious. The Moorambilla Voices offers a first glimpse of a world outside their small towns, and a sense of burgeoning possibility.” Australian Financial Review
“The final concert is a triumph. And since we’ve seen how far they have come and what they have learnt, it’s incredibly emotional. The film reminds us of the power that learning about music can have on the personal development of children.” Sydney Morning Herald
“We are in Cobar, Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Dunedoo, Coonamble, Brewarrina…most of them are towns that have had racial problems in the past, but the choir that Michelle is putting together has both indigenous and non-indigenous children, side by side with no problems. Every little bit helps.” ABC Nightlife
We’re looking forward to our exciting 2016 Moorambilla Voices program of residencies and concerts, which again will feature leading Australian composers, musicians, artists working with Moorambilla Voices children and youth in our MAXed OUT Company.
For the full podcast of Margaret Throsby ABC Classic FM interview with Michelle Leonard click here.