Cinema Australia Podcast #82 | Kriv Stenders

Kriv Stenders during filming of Lee Kernaghan: Boy from the Bush.

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast.

It’s been a while since the last episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, but for those who enjoy listening I’m happy to let you know I will be publishing more regularly in the lead up to the 100th episode.

In this episode I’m joined by Lee Kernaghan: Boy from the Bush writer and director Kriv Stenders – a filmmaker I have a tremendous amount of respect, and someone I’ve wanted to guest on this podcast for years. 

Stenders is carving out quite a niche for himself as a documentary filmmaker following very successful feature films like Red Dog and Danger Close: The Battle for Long Tan. Stenders’ recent documentary work includes Slim & I, The Go Betweens: Right Here, and Brock: Over the Top. 


I’ve interviewed Stenders once before, and I find him to be such an insightful filmmaker with a deep understanding of his craft. Here, Stenders discusses growing up around music, working with Lee Kernaghan, filming the energetic concert scenes, his passion for good storytelling, why he thinks Lee Kernaghan: Boy from the Bush is his most experimental film yet, and why documentary filmmaking is such an exciting medium right now. 

Lee Kernaghan: Boy from the Bush is a part concert film and part road movie celebrating the life and music of this much-loved Australian Country singer. It combines the stunning landscapes, remarkable people and amazing stories that have inspired him over many years, with some of his greatest hits and a brand-new song performed live with his band at a specially filmed concert. 

I am in no way a country music fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I think you will too.  

Lee Kernaghan: Boy From The Bush is in cinemas from July 28

Anyway… enjoy. 




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