Wide Open Sky follows the heart-warming story of an outback Australian children’s choir. Chronicling their journey from auditions to end-of-year concert, the trials of trying to run a children’s choir in a remote and disadvantaged region are revealed.
Here, sport is king and music education is non-existent. Despite this, choir mistress Michelle has high expectations. She wants to teach the children contemporary, original, demanding music.
It becomes clear for the children to believe in themselves, they all need someone who believes in them. Here is all about how a music educator assembles a choir of children from across remote towns and fills them with the hope, confidence and joy to perform at a festival.
Set against a landscape of devastating beauty, Wide Open Sky is a moving portrait of the fragile world of possibility that is childhood and reminds us why no child, anywhere, should grow up without music.
In 2016, Wide Open Sky won the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival.
Director Lisa Nicol
Cast Michelle Leonard
This film shows the acquiring of musical endurance that continues to keep the children coming back for more. What they’ve learned with Michelle, is a new skill beyond the sphere of music or sports. And right at the end of all that pain is sweetness when they performed on stage. An uplifting music documentary that deserves a larger audience worldwide.
Wide Open Sky is released on Netflix Australia today. See the trailer here.
The main cast in the film is Michelle Leonard OAM, the founder of Moorambilla Voices Ltd. It is a nationally-awarded program and seeks at its core to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre. Her role as Artistic Director and Conductor continues to win recognition nationally and internationally.
In September this year, Moorambilia Voices won APRA AMCOS’ Award for Excellence in Music Education for their Magic Modules – an incredible program reaching out to children in regional and remote NSW, Austalia.