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Charting the tale of an iconic band

PUBLISHED: 12:10 27 January 2019

Australian inde band the Go-Betweens performing. Robert Forster and Grant McLennan on stage in Brighton 2005.
Picture: CARL ALLEN

Australian inde band the Go-Betweens performing. Robert Forster and Grant McLennan on stage in Brighton 2005. Picture: CARL ALLEN

Carl Allen

Photos by Big Wave PR’s creative director and photographer, Carl Allen, are being featured in a new documentary on legendary indie group, The Go-Betweens.

Colchester PR man Carl Allen has his photraphs featured in a new dvd about the 80s indie ban The Go Betweens.
Picture: HILARY COLLINSColchester PR man Carl Allen has his photraphs featured in a new dvd about the 80s indie ban The Go Betweens. Picture: HILARY COLLINS

Colchester-based Carl Allen, who describes himself as a live music fan, and a failed musician, took a camera with him to many gigs in the 1980s, many later cherished by performers, and some used in their publicity.

The Go-Betweens formed in the late 1970s and Carl has been a superfan since the late-1980s; he has had the opportunity to photograph the band in the UK and on tour throughout Europe.

The documentary, Right Here used more than 30 of Carl’s photographs; the film was premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2017 and was voted ‘Documentary of The Year’ by the Australian Screen Produce Association.

The film received a UK cinema release in 2018 and is now available on DVD.

Carl is very proud that photographs of his favourite band, were featured in the documentary.

He said: “I was very surprised and honoured when the production company got in touch to ask access to my photo collection on the Go-betweens. I’m very proud that my photographs are now part of the band’s history.”

He continued: “My first shots of the Go-Betweens were taken at gigs on a film camera, and it was a real pleasure to go through these images, scan for the producers, and reminisce about the band’s early days.”

Carl’s photographs will also feature in a new boxset of the band, which is due out in the New Year.


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