‘Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story’ documentary will make its world premiere in Melbourne in August

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‘Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story’ documentary will make its world premiere in Melbourne in August

Michael Gudinski
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‘Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story’ will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival before it hits theatres nationally on August 31.

The long-awaited Michael Gudinski documentary is on its way with Mushroom Studios revealing the official trailer and release date for the incredibly captivating and inspiring documentary chronicling the extraordinary career and profound impact of Michael Gudinski on Australian music and culture.

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50 years in the making, Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story will make its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival on August 10 and hit cinemas nationwide on August 31, 2023.

Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story is the definitive account of Michael Gudinski’s rock‘n’roll life and a rare look behind the curtain of Australia’s seminal music company – the Mushroom Group. Famed for his eccentricities and boldness, the film dives into the psyche and unorthodox tactics of Michael as he became the frontman of a cultural movement and built a music empire whose artists created the soundtrack for a nation.

Helmed by one of Australia’s most acclaimed documentary and music video directors, Paul Goldman unearths the stories from some of the world’s most influential artists and a wealth of never-before-seen archive footage spanning fifty years.

Through personal accounts from Gudinski himself and his family and many artists including Jimmy Barnes, Vika & Linda Bull, Garbage, Dave Grohl, Paul Kelly, Kylie Minogue, Mark Seymour, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting the film showcases what made Gudinski unique and his significant impact on the Australian music scene, which reverberated across the globe.

Launched by a young Michael Gudinski in 1972, Mushroom Group quickly became the largest independent and most influential music and entertainment company in Australia and New Zealand. Repeatedly risking everything to keep his passions alive: from signing and nurturing iconic bands like Skyhooks, Split Enz, Kylie Minogue and releasing their legendary hits such as “Ego Is Not A Dirty Word”, “I Got You”, “I Should Be So Lucky”, “Working Class Man”, “Riptide”, “Sweet Disposition”, and the anthemic “Treaty”, to putting together colossal stadium tours for Springsteen, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, to award-winning films like Chopper, the many businesses he built, the successes and failures – the Mushroom Empire.

The legacy is profound, and all captured in Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story. It goes to show a little confidence can go a long way.

Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story will arrive in cinemas from 31 August 2023. For more information, head here