Mat de Koning’s critical acclaimed documentary Meal Tickets will have it’s WA premiere at this year’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival.
Meal Tickets is a cautionary tale of life in the world of modern day rock ‘n’ roll, and its realities versus its aspirations. De Koning has captured the rollercoaster journey of a young Perth band, the Screwtop Detonators, their manager Dave Kavanagh (an ex-mentor to The Libertines) and their one-time roadie, Will Stoker.
Initially ambitious and eager for fame and fortune, the band’s aspirations change over time as they discover the depth of the struggle and sacrifice required to make it in the music industry. It’s not just sex, drugs and rock’n’roll – it’s growing up, masculinity, mateship, relationships and finding your place in the world.
Meal Tickets was incarnated in the hills of Perth at Kalamunda Senior High School, where de Koning met Ben, Mitch, Lee and Charlie who would form the Screwtop Detonators; the internationally-renowned portrait painter Matt Doust and producer Brooke Silcox (recent recipient of the $100,000 Screenwest Emerging Producer Initiative). De Koning followed his friends’ lives over a decade from Perth to New York, Melbourne to Los Angeles to give us an insider’s look at following your dreams and growing up.
Meal Tickets made its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016, opened the Sydney Independent Film Festival 2016 and will also be screening at the Melbourne Documentary Festival 2017. De Koning and Silcox are currently developing their second feature project, a documentary on their late friend, artist Matt Doust. De Koning is also working with Hank Marvin on promoting his up-and-coming album.
The full Revelation Perth International Film Festival program will be announced on June 10. Details at revelationfilmfest.org