ACKNOWLEDGING THE ROLE OF INDIGENOUS SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA’S DEFENCE HISTORY
Australian duo Busby Marou have unveiled the official video for their track Paint This Land, which wasco-directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Redfern Now and Cleverman) and Kate Halpin, produced by Mick Angus (Jerrycan Films) and filmed at Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Featuring Wayne Blair’s father, Bob Blair, who is a Vietnam War veteran and the first Aboriginal Regimental Sergeant Major in Australia and actor Tony Barry, the Paint This Land video acknowledges all soldiers who fought side by side, with attention to Indigenous soldiers who were sadly never recognised until significantly after. The video celebrates Australia’s rich history through themes of solidarity, reconciliation and hope. The aim was to pay homage to the past but look forward with a united and respectful vision; a timely sentiment as ANZAC Day commemorations approach.
Co-Director Wayne Blair comments “I have been a fan of Busby Marou since their inception. Our families grew up together in the same town of Rockhampton, how could I not. When the opportunity arrived to co-direct Jeremy and Thomas in this music video, with my mate Tony Barry and my own father, Bob Blair, playing the heroes of our story, I grasped it with both hands. People ask me where the impulse to perform was born. I never really knew the answer. Watching my Dad acting in this clip I now may have a more accurate response.”
“The process of making this music video felt very much in alignment with the themes that we were exploring,”said co-director Kate Halpin. “It was a case of life imitating art, with all of the cast and crew coming together and collaborating with huge amounts of generosity, integrity and respect. It felt like a very special project to be a part of, and it’s been a huge privilege to work alongside Wayne, Jeremy, Thomas and the formidable cast and crew.”
Says Tom Busby, half of Busby Marou “Paint This Land is our song about the Australian spirit. It’s everywhere, it’s beautiful and it’s alive! The song acknowledges our powerful Indigenous culture and celebrates our future. Working with Wayne Blair and watching the song and its message come to life through the power of film is without a doubt, our finest moment as a band.” Adds Jeremy Marou, “We feel like we’ve been part of creating something very special and we hope this makes the rest of the country feel proud to be Australian.”
“’Paint This Land’ was always one of my favourite songs on the album,” said Jeremy Marou, half of Busby Marou, “however after then creating the music video it quickly became a special song for me. I feel we have played our important role not just acknowledging our war veterans but going a step further and paying special homage to Indigenous men and women who serve our country.”
The video also features the mural artwork of Sydney street artist Hego, who tells Indigenous stories through photography, murals and documentaries, specifically through the process of ‘wheatpasting’ (large scale postering). Hego is about to launch a documentary on Black Anzacs and this is the first time he’s done a mural that features both an Indigenous & a non-Indigenous soldier together.
Busby Marou will be heading out on an extensive Australian tour this May and June in support of their ARIA #1 album Postcards From The Shell House. Tickets are available now from Busby Marou’s official website.
The Queensland duo were thrilled to claim their first ARIA #1 with Postcards From The Shell House and are excited to get back out on the road and take in most Australian metro and regional cities.
POSTCARDS FROM THE SHELL HOUSE TOUR DATES
With special guests The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 25th May – 48 Watt Street, Newcastle NSW
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney NSW
Saturday 27th May – Leadbelly, Sydney NSW SOLD OUT
Sunday 28th May – Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW
Thursday 1st June – Southern Cross Club, Woden ACT
Friday 2nd June – Launceston Country Club, Launceston TAS
Saturday 3rd June – Wrest Point Casino, Hobart TAS
Thursday 8th June – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 9th June – Triffid, Brisbane QLD SOLD OUT
Saturday 10th June – Sea & Sound Festival, Sunshine Coast QLD
Sunday 11th June – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay NSW
Thursday 15th June – Fat Controller, Adelaide SA
Friday 16th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 17th June – Workers Club, Geelong VIC
Sunday 18th June – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Thursday 22nd June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Friday 23rd June – Northshore Tavern, Hillarys WA
Saturday 24th June – Mundaring Weir Hotel, Mundaring WA
Sunday 25th June – The Boston, Perth WA
Friday 30th June – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin NT
Saturday 1st July – Triffid, Brisbane QLD