Justine Clarke, an avowed city-girl, takes a road trip to the heart of Australian country music to meet some of our greatest musicians performing some of Australia’s iconic songs.
Premieres on ABC TV and ABC iview on November 2nd Country to go is a two-part series that sees Clarke travel to places that have played a vital role in the creation and inspiration of iconic country music songs, as well as the lives of the artists who have helped shape the country of Australia.
The show will feature Blackheath as one of the destinations as well as the River Colo.
Wonderful country artist Emily Wurramara is filmed in Upper Colo and gives a beautiful performance by Baby with brown skin in the program.
Clarke spent two days filming plays for the camera in the Blackheath area – locals will recognize places like the Victory Theater.
Country to go is directed by award-winning director Kriv Stenders (Slim and me, The Go-Betweens: right here), with musical performances by Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, Briggs, Troy Cassar-Daley and Fanny Lumsden, among others.
Crossing the divide between downtown and the countryside, Clarke learns that country was in some ways the punk of its time, how it came through with its striking clothes, wild singing style and its own unique culture. But more than that, she will discover how important country music was to Australians – and still is – and how these songs capture who we are as a people and as a nation.
A talented ARIA-awarded artist, Clarke is well known as a Play at school regular but also starred in the critically acclaimed Foxtel series Tangle and recently appeared in the SBS series Come fly with me.
- Watch on ABC TV and ABC iview on Tuesday, November 2 at 8:30 p.m.