REVIEWS

The latest articles & reviews

"This beautiful film is, in every way, a memorable experience.”

David Stratton
The Australian
Friday, 11 March 2022
4/5

"The film is a glorious and intimate experience.”

Jane Freebury
Canberra Times
Friday, 11 March 2022
4/5

“When is a concert film more than a concert film? When it's Wash My Soul in the River's Flow...Bateman could've just used her recordings of the legendary show, which won the 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert, and given everyone who wasn't there the chance to enjoy an historic event — and to bask in the now-late Hunter's on-stage glories more than a decade after her 2010 passing — but that was clearly just the starting point for her movie… Championing two First Nations icons, their culture and their connection to Country; exploring the injustice they've endured at the hands of the government, and how they've ultimately thrived and healed together and through their talents; and showcasing the art they've made and the land they love — this moving movie couldn't ask for anything more. Letting it wash over you, and its silent hero and rowdy troublemaker with it, is simply inescapable.”

Sarah Ward
Concrete Playground
Thursday, 10 March 2022

“[The filmmaking] is nothing short of sensational. This is one of the most important films of this year.”

Dave Griffiths
Heavy Cinema
Sunday, 13 March 2022
5/5

A meditation on love, land and the power of connection

“This [is] a transcendent piece of cinema, that demands viewing on a big cinema screen. Throughout it cuts to arresting, ethereal images of the Murray River, at rest and at play on vast Australian landscapes. The river of the film’s title, a spiritual and cultural touchstone for Hunter and Roach, stands in wordless vigil over the proceedings… Thus director Philippa Bateman’s repurposing of the 2004 concert film makes something new and distinctive from something old. Appropriately, in this it achieves something similar to the concert itself, in which the arrangements by AAO’s Paul Grabowsky transformed Hunter and Roach’s songs. It is a testament and a tribute to the strength of the songwriting that they stand up to such sometimes radical reinterpretation.”

Tim Kroenert
The Melbourne Anglican
Tuesday, 8 March 2022
5/5

AFTERNOONS W/ JACINTA PARSONS FEAT. DIRECTOR / PRODUCER PHILIPPA BATEMAN

"A film that blew me away... You need to watch this.”

Jacinta Parsons
ABC Radio Victoria
Wednesday, 9 March 2022

ROAD TO HEALING

"I won’t forget what happened, and the pain of it, but it doesn’t hurt me every day because music has become this shield."

Kathy McCabe
The Daily Telegraph
Saturday, 19 March 2022

ARCHIE ROACH ON MEETING, LOVING AND LOSING RUBY HUNTER:

"She had a glint in her eye."

Steve Dow
The Guardian
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

"Through her artistic and cinematic choices, writer and director Philippa Bateman convinces us that film is the right medium through which to present this live concert... More than a touching contribution to Hunter’s legacy... her presence seems to be evident in every moment of the film."

Jenna Robertson
Music Trust
Saturday, 26 February 2022

"Mesmerising.”

Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
Wednesday, 9 March 2022

'The river gave me this song’: the new doco tying together love, landscapes and history through song

"There are big ideas in Wash My Soul: song as a navigation tool for both landscapes and history, history as personal and national trauma, and the way they all bleed into one another. The songs that make up Kura Tungar (and later, the album Ruby) are singular and beautiful achievements, unlike anything in Australia popular music. But what really sticks with you, as the tagline suggests, is the love, and what it made possible."

Charlie Lewis
Crikey
Friday, 18 March 2022

WHEN ARCHIE MET RUBY

"As Roach and Hunter perform their soulful ballads and regale the concert audience with anecdotes about their early life and partnership, we are treated to jaw-dropping aerial shots of the Coorong and the Murray. We see multi-coloured cliffs rearing up over the river, pelicans landing on the water like large-bellied 747s, and the area’s vast skies and technicolour sunsets."

Rosemary Neil
The Weekend Australian
Saturday, 5 March 2022

AUSTRALIAN FILM WASH MY SOUL IN THE RIVER’S FLOW DOCUMENTS THE LOVE AND SONGS OF SOULMATES ARCHIE ROACH AND RUBY HUNTER

"Together they have performed internationally alongside legends such as Paul Kelly, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Sting. Hunter died from heart failure in 2010, aged 54, but the film doesn't dwell on sadness. Instead, its focus is the profound impact this pair has had.”

Jane Albert
Broadsheet
Monday, 7 March 2022

Review: Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow is bound to move you

"Hearing the stories in these different settings brings the viewer in and almost includes them in the writing process, it’s like you’re sitting alongside the pair in their home and hearing firsthand the struggles and stories of their upbringing, which helps in understanding the true emotion behind the music, it’s bound to move you."

Ben Lamb
Beat
Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Sydney Film Festival unveils first crop of 2021 titles

“It’s an incredibly moving film that’s exuberant and joyful, but also reminds us of the tragedies of our history.”

Nashen Moodley, Artistic Director, Sydney Film Festival
Inside Film
Wednesday, 9 June 2021

“A film and soundtrack that seeps into your soul and stays with you long after the end credits.”

Vyshnavee Wijekumar
The Big Issue
Friday, 4 March 2022
4/5