submitted by I Viaggiatori on 16.12.2013
The film Dall' Italia All' Australia with music by I Viaggiatori is now available on DVD!
The DVD includes the film, music from the recording Suitcase Serenata, the original passenger lists, an introduction by Tony De Bolfo and other background information and images.
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Click here to view / download a copy of the Melbourne Passenger List
Click here to view / download a copy of the Sydney Passenger List
Click here to view / download a copy of the Brisbane Passenger List
The Film, Dall 'Italia All' Australia
In 1924, the Italian film director Angelo Drovetti embarked on an epic 8,000-nautical-mile voyage with his movie camera. The result, Dall’Italia All’Australia (From Italy to Australia), is regarded by many as the most comprehensive film ever made of a migrant voyage. ‘Dall’Italia All’Australia’ chronicles the voyage of the Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy) - one of three passenger ships first built for the Lloyd Sabaudo Line at the turn of last century.
The film showcases the panoramic views witnessed by Italian, Yugoslav, Greek, Arabic and Jewish migrants as they stood atop the deck of the old steamer during their seven-week world odyssey from Genoa to Australia, by way of Egypt & Sri Lanka, arriving in September 1924.
The result, Dall'Italia All'Australia (From Italy to Australia), is regarded by many as the most comprehensive film ever made of a migrant voyage.
‘Dall’Italia All’Australia’ chronicles the voyage of the Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy) - one of three passenger ships first built for the Lloyd Sabaudo Line at the turn of last century.
Dall’Italia All’Australia, of 60 minutes duration first screened in Italy in May 1925. The film chronicles the voyage of the passenger steam ship Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy) – one of the three ships first built for the Lloyd Sabaudo Shipping Line at the turn of the century.
Author Anthony De Bolfo, who discovered the film, introduces and commentates on the film, with Italian folk music by acclaimed musicians Kavisha Mazzella (singer, guitar, accordion) and Irini Vela (bouzouki, mandolin, guitar) and the Viaggiatori - David De Santi (accordion) and Mark Holder-Keeping (saxophone, clarinet).
About the Performance
The film is black and white and in DVD format.
It has Italian intertitles. A programe booklet is available with English translation of the intertitles.
The film is 60 minutes in duration.
The film is usually presented in 2 parts with an intermission of 15 minutes.
The musicians are positioned in front of the film screen and to one side and perform live Italian folk tunes and songs while the film is showing.
Kavisha has selected arranged the music and tunes to work in with the film images.
The Band, I Viaggiatori
Kavisha Mazzella (singer, guitar, accordion, percussion)
Irine Vela (bouzouki, guitar, mandolin)
David De Santi (piano accordion)
Mark Holder-Keeping (saxophone, clarinet).
I Viaggiatori is a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan combination with Kavisha Mazzella and Irine Vela from Melbourne and Mark Holder-Keeping and David De Santi from Wollongong. They bring together varying musical experiences but combine to present sensitive and harmonious renditions of new and old Italian folk songs. Kavisha grew up in the Italian quarter of Fremantle while David grew up in the Illawarra! They present music they performed for the silent Italian documentary Dall’ Italia All’ Australia.
Previous major performances
2013 The Factory Theatre Marrickville
2013 Illawarra Music Festival Concert, City Diggers Wollongong
2012 Australian Worldwide Music Expo, Melbourne
2012 Piers Festival, South Melbourne
2011 Global Carnival Bellingen
2010 Port Fairy Folk Festival (film and music)
2010 Yungaburra Folk Festival, Qld (film and music)
2010 and 2007 National Folk Festival, Canberra (film and music)
2010 and 2008 Brunswick Music Festival (film and music)
2009 Fremantle Town Hall (film and music)
2009 Adelaide’s Hellenic Cultural Festival ODYSSEY (film and music)
2009 Greek Festival of Sydney (film and music)
2009 Illawarra Folk Festival (film and music)
2008 Italian Week in Wollongong, Bowral, Milton (film and music)
National Maritime Museum, 2008, 2009 (film and music)
Chauvel Cinema, Sydney 2009 (film and music)
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