Australia's hard drinking culture was started with just one law

After the Swill is an exposé of how hard drinking was institutionalised into Australia’s cultural DNA by 50 years of 6 oclock closing legislation starting in 1915; and how media, the emergency sector and the government brought about the 2014 lockout laws in almost the same way.



A range of pub and bar owners, historians and pub rock musicians including:

Arthur Laundy, Hotelier

Laundy Hotels, including Twin Willows, Watsons Bay, The Steyne


Bruce Mathieson Sr, Publican

Australian Leisure and Hospitality (ALH) Group

Des Kennedy, Publican

Oriental Hotel and Mayor, Mid Western Regional Council

Jade Flavell, Liz O'Dea and Emily Trott, Publicans

Wheatsheaf Hotel​, Thebarton, South Australia

Dr Clare Wright, Historian

Social history of alcohol and the hotel industry)

Dr Don Weatherburn, Director

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Merle Thornton

Women's rights campaigner

Dr Gordian Fulde AO

Professor of Emergency Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital

Tyson Koh

Campaign Manager Keep Sydney Open

Anton Forte and Jason Scott. Owners

Shady Pines, Baxter Inn, Frankie's Pizza, Huberts

Sven Almenning. Owner

Eau de Vie, The Roosevelt, Boilermaker, Mjolner

Tash Conte, Small bar owner

Black Pearl

Tim Philips. Small bar owner

Bulletin Place, Global World Class Bartender of the Year 2012

Angry Anderson, Musician

Rose Tattoo

John and Rick Brewster, Musicians

The Angels

Suze de Marchi, Musician

Baby Animals


History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We 'are' our history.

Our main goal with the documentary is to bring the truth behind the institutionalisation of hard drinking in Australia over the last 100 years into public consciousness. We hope to enable a deeper, more informed discussion of the issues surrounding our drinking culture and alcohol related violence. 

We also want a more contextualised awareness of the role that venues, media, the health sector and the government play in shaping the future of Australian social culture and importantly, how they perpetuate very narrow notions of freedom through over-regulation.

- James Baldwin

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Currently seeking:

Finishing finance

Natalie Palomo