A widely popular celebration of American roots music which kicks off in Perth later this month has been expanded with a programme of big-screen entertainment.
Organisers of this year’s Southern Fried Festival have teamed up with the city’s Playhouse cinema to curate an eclectic package of films to complement the musical line-up.
The festival will feature acts including Brooklyn’s Punch Brothers and Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens at Perth Concert Hall and other venues across the city.
Promoters Horsecross Arts unveiled details of cinema screenings to accompany the live music throughout the weekend, featuring a mix of classics, documentaries and family favourites.
Among the highlights will be two Dolly Parton movies to complement headline live show Because We’re Women, an all-female celebration of the Queen of Country’s songs.
Also on the bill are Oscar-nominated Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis and Another Time Another Place which features music by some of the acts appearing at the festival.
Rango and New Orleans-set The Princess And the Frog will also entertain younger audiences.
Welcoming the new partnership, festival director Andy Shearer said: “Southern Fried Film is a great addition to the festival and we are delighted to offer this cinema programme with our friends at Perth Playhouse.
“We look forward to the mix of feature films and music documentaries which all have links to some of this year’s festival artists as well as a couple of great kids’ movies which both feature great Americana-flavoured soundtracks.”
He added: “We’ve also now completed the line-up of singers for our fabulous Dolly Parton celebration on Sunday night. Mississippi blues folk artist Lisa Mills and Oklahoma’s indie-American songwriter Samantha Crain join house band Della Mae and a host of other exceptional singers and musicians for this totally one-off show in what will be an amazing blend of voices and musical style.”
The three-day festival begins on Friday July 31.