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'River' Live in Concert with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

From the director of 'Sherpa' and 'Mountain', this documentary ponders how rivers shape the planet — and the ACO will perform its score live.
By Sarah Ward
January 23, 2024
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By Sarah Ward
January 23, 2024
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In the film that brought her global acclaim, Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom climbed up in the world — and she hasn't looked back. Sherpa explored tense times on Mount Everest, while her next documentary Mountain pondered the world's highest peaks, their beauty and their allure.

With River after that, Peedom didn't stare at towering land masses. But she does peer from great heights at waterways that snake across continents. And, she once again teamed up with none other than Willem Dafoe (Poor Things), who narrates this poetic musing on just how rivers shape the planet.

Watching River itself is a meditative experience, because looking at absolutely stunning sights shot in 39 countries, listening to lyrical narration, and hearing a stirring score featuring Bach, Ravel, Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead and more has that effect. Making the movie even better is River Live in Concert with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, which returns for another nationwide tour in 2024, this time with Indigenous Australian didgeridoo player and vocalist William Barton joining in.

The ACO and Barton will play the film's soundtrack right there in front of you as you watch. Sydneysiders can get in on the action on Saturday, February 10, Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14 at City Recital Hall — and on Sunday, February 11 at Sydney Opera House.

Event images: Nick Walker.

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