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In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, I’m joined by filmmaker Matthew Walker to discuss his new documentary, I’m Wanita.
I’m Wanita is the story of Wanita – a renegade country music singer from Tamworth, hell-bent on realising her childhood dreams of stardom. Self-crowned as ‘Australia’s Queen Of Honky Tonk’, Wanita is still waiting for the recognition she knows she deserves.
I had never heard of Wanita before, and I’m glad that I do now thanks to this insightful, and highly entertaining documentary about this seriously talented, slightly outlandish Australian music personality.
I’m Wanita is Matthew Walker’s first feature-documentary as a writer/director.
Before directing his own film Matthew has been an Australian film and television editor for over fifteen years with more than 30 feature and television credits.
As an editor Matthew has received an Australian Screen Editors Award for Best Editing: Factual and a Walkley Award for his work on ABC’s Foreign Correspondent.
In 2015 Matthew directed a short film about Wanita called Heart of the Queen which won Best Australian Short at the Antenna Documentary Festival. He continued to follow Wanita’s story for the next five years, culminating in the film I’m Wanita.
I’m Wanita will be screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival from August 14, CinefestOZ on August 26 and will be released in cinemas nationally from September 23.
Just to let you know, this is a mini episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast as I’m sure some of you will have noticed from the shorter-than-usual run time. This interview was originally recorded for RRR and republished here.