Little River Band's Graeham Goble Claims John Farnham Doco Is Untruthful & 'Dramatic'

15 May 2023 | 9:11 am | Mary Varvaris

“There are a lot of things they use in documentaries for dramatic effect but that doesn't make them true."

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Photo of John Farnham (Source: Finding The Voice)

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Little River Band founding member and guitarist Graeham Goble attended the premiere of John Farnham: Finding The Voice – the new documentary feature film about the iconic singer had advance screenings last week – and claimed that some quotes in the film were “not true” and used for “dramatic effect”.

“I did a 50-minute interview for the documentary, but was very disappointed that they chose not to use any of the very positive things I had to say about my 6 very enjoyable years working with John Farnham,” Goble wrote on social media, with the caption accompanying a screen-shotted article where the guitar player spoke to the Herald Sun about his thoughts on the movie.

He added, “John's unmatched voice was a gift to my songwriting. Suddenly there were no limits. He could sing anything and possessed a range that seemed to have no boundaries. I was fortunate to work with John in his absolute prime and the recordings we made together will live forever.”

In particular, Goble took issue with the band’s former manager, Glenn Wheatley, who said managing the Little River Band was “like managing World War II”.

“There are a lot of things they use in documentaries for dramatic effect but that doesn't make them true,” Goble said at the Sydney VIP premiere of John Farnham: Finding The Voice.

“Unfortunately, this will go down as being the truth, but a lot of it isn't. You always have your creative differences, but I honestly don't remember fighting.”

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John Farnham: Finding The Voice is heading to cinemas this Thursday, 18 May. In this first authorised biopic of the Australian music legend, director Poppy Stockell will take viewers through Farnham’s epic journey to become Whispering Jack

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 promises to be an inspirational and honest look at a groundbreaking vocalist.

You can check out the trailer below and pre-order the soundtrack to John Farnham: Finding The Voice here.