October 20, 2021

Feature film ‘6 Festivals’ to premiere on Paramount+ & feature an all-Aussie soundtrack

Feature film ‘6 Festivals’ to premiere on Paramount+ & feature an all-Aussie soundtrack

An upcoming feature film on streaming service Paramount+ will feature an all-Aussie soundtrack.

6 Festivals is the first locally commissioned feature film for ViacomCBS’ Paramount+ and will premiere on the service next year.

The coming-of-age feature film will track three best friends as they bucket-list six music festivals over six months, whilst coming to terms with a shattering cancer diagnosis.

Filming took place earlier this year at music festivals in locations including Wollongong and the Sunshine Coast.

It will have a soundtrack of some of Australia’s hottest music acts, some of whom will feature in cameo appearances including G Flip, Dune Rats, Alison Wonderland, Bliss n Eso, Peking Duk, PNAU, Example, Hooligan Hefs, The Amity Affliction, JessB, B Wise and Running Touch.

10 ViacomCBS’ SVP of content & programming, Daniel Monaghan, said he was excited about the prospect of 6 Festivals becoming a film synonymous with youth culture for years to come.

“Music festivals are a rite of passage for many young Australians. And we are thrilled that Paramount+ will be showcasing a uniquely Australian story set within this captivating world and told through the eyes of our next generation of storytellers,” he said.

Writer and director, Macario de Souza, said making 6 Festivals is the realisation of his childhood and professional experiences to date.

“Music festivals have had a profound impact on my life. Having myself performed on festival stages in Australia and around the world as artist Kid Mac, I feel I am in a very unique position to make a film that is authentically representative of our youth and music culture.”

6 Festivals has received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Paramount+ and was financed with support from Sony Music, with Boom Smash, Screen Canberra and Screen Queensland.

Paramount+ debuted in Australia in August.

At the 10 ViacomCBS Upfronts event today, the company said the feature film was already generating a lot of interest.

Following the funding announcement in 2019, TMN chatted to de Souza about what we can expect from the film, his own experiences at music festivals and why it’s so important to tell this story right now.