'John Farnham: Finding The Voice' Set To Break Records

22 May 2023 | 10:50 am | Mary Varvaris

John Farnham is still "Australia's Voice".

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John Farnham: Finding The Voice will break the record for the highest-selling theatrical release of an Australian music documentary today.

After its preview screenings on Mother’s Day and opening weekend (starting on the premiere date, Thursday, 18 May), the feature documentary on the legendary Australian singer has taken in over $1.5 million at the Box Office.

Finding The Voice was directed by Poppy Stockell and is the first authorised documentary to be made about John Farnham. In the documentary film, Stockell takes viewers through Farnham’s epic journey to become Whispering Jack

After extensive research, Stockell was struck by the fact that Farnham’s life fitted the template of the hero’s journey, with the call to adventure, meeting with the mentor, the ordeal and reward, followed by the road back and resurrection, The Music’s interview with the director offered.

The documentary depicts Farnham’s remarkable relationship with the Australian public. “John’s life, his story, is our story,” Stockell told The Music. “Sadie was the biggest-selling Australian single of the ’60s and I think that says more about us than him.” You can read about how tragedy informed Finding The Voice here.

From the quiet suburbs of Melbourne to ‘60s pop fame, through incredible highs and lows, and ultimately to record-breaking success as ‘Australia’s Voice’, John Farnham: Finding The Voice is dubbed to be an inspirational and honest look at a groundbreaking vocalist.

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The press release notes, “John Farnham was 38 years old when Whispering Jack was released. Nobody ever questioned that Farnham could sing -- but the challenge to find his artistic voice and become Australia’s most trusted and beloved performer took half a lifetime.”

Finding The Voice will feature some of Farnham’s nearest and dearest in music, people inspired by his massive voice and those who followed him from the beginning. 

Those stars include Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Barnes, Celine Dion, Richard Marx, Robbie Williams, Daryl Braithwaite, Farnham’s managers Glenn and Gaynor Wheatley, James and Robert Farnham and many more.

You can find tickets and session times for John Farnham: Finding The Voice here.