In May 1973, some 10 000 artists, activists, hippies, radicals, gurus and visionaries descended on the struggling Northern Rivers town of Nimbin for the Aquarius Festival. They camped for 10 days and explored a new way of living. Many festival goers found kinship among the drugs, drama and bliss, as well as a blueprint for a sustainable life. Their story is lovingly told with the aid of newly uncovered footage and interviews with festival co-founders and attendees. Aquarius is an absorbing exploration of the power of the individual to affect change and how radical wisdom can resonate through generations

Aquarius is directed by Wendy Champagne and produced by Sam Griffin for Tilt Media. Damien Lane composed the 70s-inspired score and Norman Parkhill handled music supervision. Listen to a selection of Damien’s music

Aquarius premiered at the 2024 Sydney Film Festival