Mimi Stern-Wolfe in All the Way Through Evening. Photo: Martin Boulton
- All the Way Through Evening
- Running time
- 70 min
- Rohan Spong
- OFLC rating
ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING
AUSTRALIAN filmmaker Rohan Spong's short, telling documentary All the Way Through Evening is a graceful story of music and memory, a moving and thoughtful depiction of art and action.
Its focus is an annual concert inaugurated in 1990 by New York pianist and activist Mimi Stern-Wolfe. This event is Wolfe's response to the impact of AIDS in the 1980s. In the musical community she knew, many men's lives were being cut short. She wanted to preserve the memory of their lives, music, their efforts and their talents, and to ensure their legacy is not forgotten. As Spong follows Stern-Wolfe and her collaborators' preparations for a new concert on World AIDS Day, the film deftly creates a sense of the personal and creative lives of several key figures whose music is celebrated.
Friends, family and lovers introduce us to several. We are also given glimpses of works in performance, some by the composers and musicians the film celebrates.
The 1980s was a time, recalls writer and activist Perry Brass, when gay men in New York were very involved with ''high art and low sex''. He is a vivid narrative and creative voice in the documentary. His poems, set to music, are performed in the concerts, and one of them gives the film its title.
In this poignant, quietly inspiring film, if there is anything more you could wish for, it could only be a little more musical footage.
Cinema Nova is one of many cinemas worldwide that will donate proceeds of Saturday's World AIDS Day screening to a local AIDS organisation.