Strange Tenants:
Ska'd For Life

a feature documentary; 53 minutes; completed 2019

Synopsis

Strange Tenants were the “Godfathers of Australian Ska”, emerging in the 1980s in the wake of UK two-tone ska bands like The Specials but producing original political ska songs unlike most other Australian ska bands. 36 years later they’re still around and still political.

Trailer

Awards & Screenings

  • Best International Feature Documentary at 2019 Urban Mediamakers Festival (USA)
  • Best Short Documentary at the 2020 Indie Gathering International Film Festival (USA)
  • Best Music Documentary at 2020 International Film Festival RushDoc (USA)
  • Best Music Documentary at 2020 Consonance Music & Dance Film Festival (USA)
  • Best Director at 2020 International Documentary MasterDoc Film Festival (USA)
  • Best Director at 2020 Maverick Movie Awards (USA)
  • Best Music at 2020 Maverick Movie Awards (USA)
  • Gold REMI for Documentary Shorts at 2020 WorldFest-Houston Int’national Film & Video Festival Award of Excellence at 2019 Pacific Screen Awards
  • Award of Merit: Documentary Short at 2019 IndieFEST Film Awards (USA)Award of Merit: Documentary Short at 2019 Accolade Global Film Competition (USA)
  • Semi-finalist at 2020 World Music & Independent Film Festival (USA)
  • Finalist for Best Melbourne Documentary at 2019 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
  • Finalist for Best Documentary Feature at 2019 Great Lakes International Film Festival (USA)
  • Finalist at 2019 BLOW-UP International Arthouse FILM FEST (Chicago, USA)
  • Finalist for Best Documentary at 2020 Maverick Movie Awards (USA)
  • Finalist for Best Editing at 2020 Maverick Movie Awards (USA)
  • Finalist for Best Music Documentary at 2020 Bare Bones Music & Documentary Film Festival (USA)
  • Premiered at 2019 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
  • Official Selection at 2019 Antenna Documentary Film Festival (Sydney, AUS)
  • Official Selection at 2019 Reading Film Festival (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2019 Rails to Reels Film Festival (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2019 Eau Claire Film Festival (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2019 Cutting Edge Film Festival (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2020 Ubud International Film Festival (Indonesia)
  • Official Selection at 2020 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2020 WNY Film, Art & Music Event/FAME (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2020 DOCfeed – Documentary Festival Eindhoven (Netherlands)
  • Official Selection at 2020 Annual ReelHeART International Film & Screenplay Festival (Canada)
  • Official Selection at 2020 Red Wood Film Festival (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2020 Soundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection at 2021 New Hope Film Festival (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2020 SAFILM – San Antonio Film Festival (USA)
  • Official Selection at 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (USA)

Creative Team

  • Producer/Director – Fiona Cochrane
  • Editor – Sioux Currie
  • Cinematographer – Chris Cochrane-Friedrich
  • Music – Strange Tenants, Bruce & Ian Hearn

Distribution