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Rowland S. Howard - Autoluminescent (Documentary)

May 2012

Much excitement has been generated by the documentary on Rowland which premiered at the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival. It is now available on DVD in Australia through Umbrella and has already been screened on Australian television and it can only be hoped it will find it's way to many international festivals and be released on DVD around the world.

The project began many years ago at the instigation of Rowland himself in collaboration with 'Teenage Snuff Film' and 'Pop Crimes' producer, Lindsay Gravina. In the couple of years before Rowland died he brought on board the film director Richard Lowenstein who eventually took over the project from Lindsay due to difficulties encountered in their variant visions for the film. Richard completed the project in directorial collaboration with Lynn-Maree Milburn. Thanks in no small part to the deep involvement of Genevieve McGuckin, Rowland's long term partner and musical left arm, the film is suffused with a deep sense of Rowland's presence, his unique style, his keen sense of humour and his artistic integrity.

Although not a thorough or accurate representation of either of Rowland's key bands, The Birthday Party and These Immortal Souls, it is nonetheless a moving and direct portrait of the man himself and contains many insights into his history and lots of rare footage of his multitudinous public performances.

It is hoped that Lindsay Gravina will one day complete a document from the material he had assembled and did not allow Richard to use in Autoluminescent.

Vinyl Re-Issues

May 2012

Junkyard, Prayers on Fire and Hee-Haw have all been re-issued through Drastic Plastic in the USA in a limited run. The initial pressings of 500 each were snapped up very quickly and it is hoped/believed that Drastic Plastic will press up another short run later in 2012. Junkyard is due for imminent release on vinyl in Europe.

Legal clearance has now been acquired from Mute and 4AD for Drastic Plastic to release 'Mutiny!' and we are all hopeful this will be turned around before the end of 2012, possibly as a double 12" 45 rpm using the original format of the 2 EPs.

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