A wild 'rockumentary' on the big screen

DOCUMENTARY: Musician Will Stoker in a still from the 2016 film Meal Tickets by Mat De Koning.
DOCUMENTARY: Musician Will Stoker in a still from the 2016 film Meal Tickets by Mat De Koning.

HAVE you ever envied the glamorous life of a rock band?

Well, don't. It's not that nice.

Don't believe it? Then check out Meal Tickets, the 2016 rockumentary by Mat de Koning, about 10 years in the life of rock musicians and their dreams.

Distributed by Fighting Chance, the film company founded by Ballina actor Dustin Clare, this film is clearly a cautionary tale about the perils of life in music.

Meal Tickets is a coming of age roc-doc filmed over 10 years about the lives of high school band mates and their roadie.

These men dedicate their 20s to seeking success in the music industry.

Australian filmmaker Mat de Koning filmed 700 hours of footage of his best friends to give this no holds barred look at being a rock'n'roller in an age where the internet and social media changed the game.

It's quite funny to hear them say things like "Myspace? Facebook? Why would a rock star want to get into that?"


From Perth to New York, Melbourne to Los Angeles, audiences are given a backstage pass to the gigs, the tour, the conflicts and indulgences.

There is partying with all the messiness of youth, but gradually each of the boys question if they have what it takes to be a star and ultimately what success truly means.

The film have interesting characters, such as Dave Kavanagh, who tries to mould the four young blokes into Perth's answer to the Clash, and Irish tour manager Pip McMullan.

One of the surprises are the Screwtop Detonators roadie Will Ferrier.

While Ferrier quits a few weeks into the marathon US tour, but De Koning continues to follow him as he evolves into the wild art-rocker Will Stoker (a 2015 contestant on The Bahelorette).

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