Including exclusive interviews with JIMMY BARNES, VIKA & LINDA BULL, GARBAGE, DAVE GROHL, VANCE JOY, PAUL KELLY, KYLIE MINOGUE, MARK SEYMOUR, ED SHEERAN, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, STING and many more.
Directed by ARIA and AACTA Award winner PAUL GOLDMAN
Mushroom Studios has revealed the official trailer and poster for ‘EGO: THE MICHAEL GUDINSKI STORY’. The rollicking story, 50 years in the making, about Michael Gudinski’s remarkable career and profound impact he had on Australian music and culture will receive its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival on August 10 and hit cinemas nationwide on August 31, 2023.
‘EGO: THE MICHAEL GUDINSKI STORY’ is the definitive account of Michael Gudinski’s rock‘n’roll life and a rare look behind the curtain of Australia’s seminal music company – the Mushroom Group. Famed for his eccentricities and boldness, the film dives into the psyche and unorthodox tactics of Michael as he became the frontman of a cultural movement and built a music empire whose artists created the soundtrack for a nation.
Helmed by one of Australia’s most acclaimed documentary and music video directors, Paul Goldman unearths the stories from some of the world’s most influential artists and a wealth of never-before-seen archive footage spanning fifty years.
Through personal accounts from Gudinski himself and his family and many artists including Jimmy Barnes, Vika & Linda Bull, Garbage, Dave Grohl, Paul Kelly, Kylie Minogue, Mark Seymour, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting the film showcases what made Gudinski unique and his significant impact on the Australian music scene, which reverberated across the globe.
Launched by a young Michael Gudinski in 1972, Mushroom Group quickly became the largest independent and most influential music and entertainment company in Australia and New Zealand. Repeatedly risking everything to keep his passions alive: from signing and nurturing iconic bands like Skyhooks, Split Enz, Kylie Minogue and releasing their legendary hits such as “Ego Is Not A Dirty Word”, “I Got You”, “I Should Be So Lucky”, “Working Class Man”, “Riptide”, “Sweet Disposition”, and the anthemic “Treaty”, to putting together colossal stadium tours for Springsteen, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, to award-winning films like Chopper, the many businesses he built, the successes and failures – the Mushroom Empire. The legacy is profound, and all captured in ‘EGO: THE MICHAEL GUDINSKI STORY’.
It goes to show a little confidence can go a long way. For more information visit mushroomstudios.com.
‘EGO: THE MICHAEL GUDINSKI STORY’ is a Mushroom Studios production. Principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with VicScreen. Financed with support from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA). Local distribution and international sales by Mushroom Studios.
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‘EGO: THE MICHAEL GUDINSKI STORY’ IS IN CINEMAS 31 AUGUST