Award-winning Perth rock documentary Meal Tickets back for encore screening

Mat de Koning of the WA documentary Meal Tickets is about a band of best friends, a roadie that wanted to be a rockstar, a documentary ten years in the making.
Mat de Koning of the WA documentary Meal Tickets is about a band of best friends, a roadie that wanted to be a rockstar, a documentary ten years in the making.

SEVEN months after a successful run at 2017’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Perth rock documentary Meal Tickets will be back on local screens for one week.

Filmmaker Mat de Koning racked up about 700 hours of footage following his Kalamunda Senior High School mates and Screwtop Detonators band members Mitch Long, Lee French, Charlie Austen and Ben Ward with his camera from 2005 when they embarked on their first American east coast tour and subsequent years.

Throughout 10 years of filming, he captured twists and shocking revelations between the circle of friends.

After making its WA premiere at RevFest last year, the documentary went on to win Best Australian Documentary and Best Australian Director for de Koning at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.

It has also been picked up for a limited release in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra later this year.

De Koning said there were “mixed emotions” about the release of the film last year.

“We had a great result at RevFest,” he said.

“There was some hesitation at first among the band members who are in the documentary, but I think it is happy days now.

“I think a lot of people are buying them beers at the pub now after seeing the documentary.”

Meal Tickets will screen at Luna Outdoor from Thursday, February 1 to Wednesday, February 7 and Camelot Outdoor cinema Thursday, February 8.

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