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
Women's rights campaigner
Dr Gordian Fulde AO
Professor of Emergency Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital
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
Tim Philips. Small bar owner
Bulletin Place, Global World Class Bartender of the Year 2012
Angry Anderson, Musician
John and Rick Brewster, Musicians
Suze de Marchi, Musician
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