David McComb doc Love in Bright Landscapes will open in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra next month

David McComb.

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Love in Bright Landscapes is the inspiring, tragic and intimate life story of David McComb, Australian singer/songwriter, of The Triffids.

The much anticipated film will open in Sydney and Melbourne cinemas on May 5, after screenings at festivals in Australia and overseas.

A labour of love made over a 13-year period, Love In Bright Landscapes is the first film by Melbourne writer/director Jonathan Alley. Just as McComb used his familiar Western Australian landscape as the canvas for his towering psychodramas and heart-broken epics, the tragedy and triumph of McComb’s short, driven, passionate life is brought to the screen using a vast array of David’s music, poetry, letters, and unseen family-archives; and lays claim to the legacy of a remarkable talent gone too soon.

To mark the film’s release, and to celebrate Dave’s vast songbook, very special one-off screenings combined with live performance will take place in Sydney and Melbourne.  These unique live shows feature “The Friends of David McComb” band, made up of David’s former Triffids and Blackeyed Susans bandmates ‘Evil’ Graham Lee, Rob McComb, Phil Kakulas, Rob Snarski and JP Shilo; who will be joined by a range of special guests vocalists across the two shows ( Fri May 6th in Sydney; Sunday May 15th in Melbourne).

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David McComb believed in the song: from his earliest art/punk pranks to the darkly atmospheric brilliance of his last works, he gave up his secrets in the shape of his exceptional, evocative songs. In The Triffids’ 1986 masterpiece Born Sandy Devotional he found a new Australian voice: a poetically inspired vocabulary cast against desolation and broken hearts in the bright expanse. But McComb’s health faltered and after a heart transplant in 1996, he died in 1999, days short of his 37th birthday – leaving a slew of unanswered questions and unrecorded songs.

Love in Bright Landscapes reveals the man behind the songs – via beautifully restored 35mm slides, delightfully evocative home movies and heart-rending interviewees with colleagues, family, and friends. McComb’s poetry and newly discovered letters are read by Australian-born Man Booker Prize winning novelist DBC Pierre, interwoven with excerpts from seventy-five  of McComb’s songs.

LOVE IN BRIGHT LANDSCAPES opens in Sydney and Melbourne on May 5; and in Canberra on May 12.


One off event: live show and screening
FRI MAY 6th – with Director Jonathan Alley and “The Friends of David McComb” band
Randwick RITZ  (7.20pm – 11pm)
Tickets available via the RITZ Website :

SUNDAY MAY 15th – with Director Jonathan Alley and “The Friends of David McComb” band
The Astor Theatre , 3.30pm-7.30pm
Tickets available now via Try Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/BYQLO

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