WELCOME TO WONDERLAND DVD /CD
Sound: 5.1 Surround
The independent documentary film, Welcome to Wonderland, is available on DVD with a bonus CD Soundtrack mixed by Aaron Smiles. The double disc box set contains over 3 hours of viewing, and a world-class CD Soundtrack that will appeal to all ages and musical tastes.
The DVD disc contains the feature documentary film in both 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo, as well as 18 bonus features including eight Dance Montages, Composer Featurettes, Special Effects Featurettes, Extra DJ Interviews, and the trailer.
Welcome to Wonderland is a unique Australian film that celebrates life through music and dance. This DVD and CD Soundtrack package will inspire both newcomers and the experienced. Enjoy!
As the sky darkens, a sound pulses through outback Australia; it is primal, it is irresistible and it is calling. In the clouds of dust, feet pound the earth with rhythmic intensity as vibrations from speaker stacks stir raw energy. As the sun rises and morning shadows emerge, thousands embrace the new day united by one motive: to celebrate life through music and dance - Welcome To Wonderland.
Come on an adventure with six colourful characters as we explore Australia's vibrant outdoor dance culture and experience the music, sights and sounds that make it unique. Welcome To Wonderland is a powerful and upbeat insight into a generation of musicians, artists, bush philosophers and everyday pilgrims who gather to dance.
'An unexpected journey that will inspire you to dance'
This film is all about the people. It's not about a party; it's not about a DJ. Music and dance is where it's at!
Welcome to Wonderland takes you on a journey, into the thoughts and emotions of people. Why do you do what you do?
DVD and CD soundtrack box-set
DVD Duration 63 Minutes + along with an additional 18 DVD Extras
(over 3 hours of film and extras in total)
CD TRACK LISTING:
1 Brett Aplin – Bush Dreaming
2 Brett Aplin – Welcome To Wonderland
3 Ganga Giri – Giri Mana
4 Decoy – Tempt To Take
5 Kiril –Convoy
6 Tristan Boyle – Latent Belated Psychedelic Mayhem
7 Sugar –Indigo Bongo
8 Sugar –Big Electric Rabbits
9 Tristan Cooke – Tetrapod
10 Sugar – How Do You Feel?
11 Engage – Boogie Mama
12 Ganga Giri –Slide Didge In Us
13 Sugar – Waterfront
14 Ben Last – Deep East
15 Brett Aplin – Feeling The Spirit
16 Brett Aplin – Holly, Hugs & Peace
17 Ping – Eh?
18 Sugar – Aquatic Dreaming
Welcome to Wonderland captivates you from its first scene, a lone figure in a beautiful outback setting creating a moment of beauty over a haunting soundtrack. From there, you are taken on an amazing modern day journey of people gathering where nature meets music, continuing the ancient practice of indigenous corroboree.
Matt Flynn states early on in the film that "This record, going through that needle, into that amp through those speakers can cause everyone to go bananas, it's just crazy… the needle on the record where heaven and earth meet." This movie brings that to the screen.
The film is a stellar, first time effort from a Melbourne independent film producer, James Short of Short Documentaries. It's a five-year epic production composed from hundreds of hours of footage, captured at numerous Australian outdoor dance parties, and scored with an amazing soundtrack.
James says, "Its a celebration of life through music and dance… an exploration of the power and simple pleasure that we can experience."
The film tells the story through the experiences of a variety of participants in the Australian outdoor electronic music scene, through interviews as well as observational footage.
The storyline was created from the footage that had been shot, rather than using a voiceover to tell the story. As a result, we get to know the characters as they tell their own tales, which are woven together to form a multi-layered storyline. The journey is about people coming together, how they contribute, participate, classic moments of getting lost on route and what it all means to them. It's funny; it's inspiring and put together with meticulous editing.
The footage chosen draws you into the experience and gives an amazing insight into what goes into putting on an outdoor dance party. You meet some of the journeymen and women of the outdoor electronic dance scene, as well as familiar doof faces. Each person frankly shares their thoughts and feelings, giving great integrity to the common themes they build along the way.
The vision comes from parties including Earthcore, Rainbow Serpent and some of the seminal earlier outdoor dance parties. It captures the whole festival experience in some of the most amazing settings that exist in the Australian outback. DJ Krusty states that "a festival is a participation mystery…. you have to experience it to understand it". Welcome to Wonderland takes you there, to those places and moments only found in nature and dance.
James says, "I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible to ensure that I was really allowing everyone to tell their own stories, capturing real expression and feeling, especially when people were dancing."
The dance footage in this film picks up an incredible variation in style, movement, energy and harmony with the music, the connection. There is tribal grooving through to moments of reckless abandon and massive releases of energy in some beautiful forests and landscapes. People dancing in a natural landscape are awesome to behold. The bonus features on the DVD include dance montages from the festivals and parties - and they rock.
The soundtrack (both on the movie and bonus CD) does justice to a tale so heavily reliant on electronic music. There were multiple composers used as well as over 50 pieces of music in the film including classical, jazz, reggae, trance, dance and world music from Australian and international artists.
The picture does an admirable job in capturing many moments from wild tribal electro dancing through to hugs, tears and incredible night scenes. Having been to parties included in the film, it's an honest, deep and amazing account of what goes on. Everything from lasers, massive speaker stacks, installation art to sprawling landscapes, and moments of pure madness.
Welcome to Wonderland is available on DVD with a CD Soundtrack presented as a two-disc box set. The extra features on the DVD extend the Wonderland experience, including the dance montages, 'Making Of' featurettes and DJ interviews. The package can be purchased directly from their website or from all good retail stores.
Whether you love your electronic music outdoors or indoors, this film is for you. Not only is it a story you will love and associate with, but its wonderfully crafted and captures a time and a place in the history of Australian music and a community of which you are a part.
Welcome to Wonderland is an absolute must watch for anyone who loves music or dance. However, it's also a film to share with people who know nothing about this culture, as it will give them a glimpse of the experience.
You will watch this film, and you will want to go dancing!
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