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Dirty Three

(April 1992 - present: Melbourne -Chicago -Paris -Brooklyn)

Videography: a chronological overview of all official videos, TV broadcasts, compilations and promo clips. 
Official recordings of the Australian band Dirty Three. 
Compilations with non-exclusive tracks are not listed.
-Information in grey italics is uncertain-

Official videos



Tracklist: Indian Love Song/ Better Go Home/ Dirty Equation/ interview.

Note: (5 mins). Released by record label as promo to retailers. Excerpts of 3 songs, performed live in a house.

  • Shock (AU,1994) VHS-PAL

1000 MILES - VIDEO FILM (2007)

1000 Miles -front 1000 MILES

Content: Feature-length tour film on the Australian band's October 2000 and May 2003 North American tours. Shot entirely on the west coast of Canada and the United States, the film includes numerous live performances by the Dirty Three, interviews with the fans of Dirty Three, but transcends the tour film genre, ultimately providing a cinematic mediation on the nature and moods of touring itself: landscape, geography, time and the road. Shot by Jeremy Medoff and Braden King. Live recording by Joe Ferguson and Michael Krassner. Edited by Braden King and Ian Williams in 2001.

Note: Many release dates had been scheduled between 2002 and 2006, but sadly it was never released.

  • Truckstop Media (US)


Dirty Three Ocean Songs -front OCEAN SONGS (DVD)

Tracklist: Last Horse On The Sand/ Distant Shore/ Authentic Celestial Music/ Sue's Last Ride/ Deep Waters.

Recording info: filmed at Recovery, ABC TV, Melbourne (AU) 01-May-98,broadcast @ Studio 22 on 23-Sep-99.

Note: (51 mins). Bonus DVD with limited edition CD release of "Ocean Songs" album.

  • Bella Union -BELLACD3X (UK,13-Oct-05) CD/DVD. Ltd to 500.

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Dirty Three DVD -front THE DIRTY THREE (2DVD)

Tracklist: DVD1: interviews (with Nick Cave, Steve Albini, Tim Pittman, Ed Kuepper, Bobby Gillespie, Mick Harvey, Chan Marshall, Delphine Ciampi, Alexandre Pierrepont, Noah Taylor, Will Oldham and many more) and live clips (1994-2006).

DVD2: Flutter/ Amy/ The Zither Player/ Hope/ Sea Above Sky Below/ Everything's Fucked/ Sue's Last Ride/ Epic/ Last Night.

Recording info: DVD1: live clips filmed @ Meredith festival (AU) on 10/11-Dec-94; the Corner Hotel,Melbourne (AU) on 10-Feb-96; Link,Bologna (IT) 24-Apr-96; Metro,Sydney (AU) on 27-Dec-96; the Doghouse, Hobart (AU) 0x-Jan-97; the Rhythmboat,Sydney (AU) 13-Apr-98; The Mermaid Lounge, New Orleans (US) 24-May-98; The Mercury Paw,Louisville (US) 28-May-98; Meredith festival (AU) on 11-Dec-04; Barbican Hall,London (UK) on 05-Oct-05; the O-Nest, Shibuya-Tokyo (JP) on 28-Jun-06; and more..;

DVD2: full concert filmed @ the O-Nest, Shibuya-Tokyo (JP) on 28-Jun-06. Director of photography Ben Wilward-Bason. Sound recorded by Satoru Fujii, produced and mixed by Casey Rice and Mick Turner.

Note: Documentary directed by Darcy Maine.
DVD1 (104 mins) + DVD2 (86mins).

  • Taiyo/Madman -MMA2660 (AU,08-Nov-07) DVD-PAL

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PRAISE (1998)

Praise DVD -front PRAISE, a film by John Curran (DVD)

Plot: An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder). Their relationship is based on unending drink, drugs, and sex.

Recording info: Dirty Three's soundtrack recorded @ Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne-Richmond(AU) during March 1998 by Adam Rhodes. Mixed by Matt Voigt.

Note: (98 mins). A film by Australian director John Curran starring Peter Fenton [singer of Australian band Crow]. Dirty Three wrote the soundtrack, which is also released on CD.

  • Strand Releasing -2003-02 (AU,08-Jul-03) DVD-PAL

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Real Dirt DVD -front THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN , a film by John Curran (DVD)

Plot: The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America.

Recording info: With music by Dirty Three, taken from their studio albums.

Note: (82 mins). A documentary film by Taggart Siegel.

  • Gaiam -84-0392 (US,08-Jan-08) DVD-NTSC
  • Collective Eye Inc (US,08-Oct-09) DVD-NTSC/PAL
  • Filmfreaks -FFDOC26 (NL,2010) DVD-PAL

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Dust Never Settles -front THE DUST NEVER SETTLES, a film by Jess Dickenson.

Info: A film composed of footage recorded in 2005/2006 during a fourteen-month, 50000 kilometer road tour of Australia. In 2004 Jess and her boyfriend Spenny left the UK for Australia with the simple intention of seeing as much of it as they could. Beginning in Sydney, they worked for a year to save up enough money to buy a 4WD and a video camera. They took the seats out of the back, replacing them with a bed and some camping gear. While parts of the film are funny there is also this pervasive sense of nostalgia for time passing, eventually to be lost forever, which is enhanced by the beautiful soundtrack from Australia’s The Dirty Three. The little wild horse who pauses to look back while crossing a lonely desert road is very moving. A rare document of the endlessly diverse landscape and culture of a continent, and a unique vision of contemporary Australia.

Recording info: Dirty Three's soundtrack taken from their official releases.

Note: (59 mins). Premiered in London (UK) on 20-Feb-2010. Shown @ the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, Kingsport, TN (US0 on 30-Oct-10.
Online streaming from Snagfilms or via YouTube.

  • Snagfilms (US,2010)

TV broadcasts

RECOVERY -ABC TV (13-Dec-97)

Recovery 13-Dec-97 RECOVERY -ABC TV

Tracklist: Authentic Celestial Music + interview with Warren Ellis.

Notes: (7 mins). Australian TV. Recorded and broadcast on the Saturday morning "Recovery" show on 13-Dec-97. Not released on video.

Photo: Screen capture.

RECOVERY -ABC TV (02-May-98)

Recovery 02-May-98 RECOVERY -ABC TV

Tracklist: Sirena/ Deep Waters + interview with Warren Ellis.

Notes: (13 mins). Australian TV. Recorded and broadcast on the Saturday morning "Recovery" show on 02-May-98. Not released on video. Not to be confused with the "Ocean Songs" DVD (Bella Union) recorded on 01-May-98.

Photo: Screen capture.


V/A: THE EYE - Volume 002 (22-Mar-04)

The Eye Vol2 DVD -front THE EYE - Volume 002 -VIDEO (DVD-R)

Tracklist: Dirty Three: "Love Is An Organizational Nightmare" (31mins)/ Angels of Light with Devendra Banhart: "Darkness Into Light" (27mins)/ Kinski: "Vengeanance Is A Dish Served Cold" (21mins)/ Hrvatski-Keith Fullerton Whitman: "A Match Of Whits" (20mins)/ Charles Atlas: "The Man With The World On His Shoulders" (14mins).

Recording info: Dirty Three part recorded live @ The Middle East, Cambridge (US) on April 9th, 2003. With Zak Sally [Low] on bass.
Jon Whitney has a very open interview with Warren Ellis.

Note: About half live, half interview. Great stuff.

  • Brainwashed - EYE002 (US,22-Mar-04) DVD-R NTSC

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Woodford DVD -front V/A: WOODFORD 0506 FOLK FESTIVAL (DVD)

Tracklist: The Dirty Three: Sue's Last Ride (13mins)/ + Blue King Brown, Bomba, dva, Eric Bibb, Kafka Kooii, Lior, Mal Webb, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Pete Murray, The Cat Empire, The Herd, That one Guy.

Recording info: Dirty Three recorded live on 29-Dec-2005 @ Woodford, Folk Festival (AU).

Note: Live clips from 2005-2006 editions of the festival. Comprising 20 individual vignettes, set against the backdrop of the Glass House Mountains. The Woodford Folk Festival is an event of international standing, held over six days and six nights it presents more than 2000 performers and 400 events with concerts, dances, workshops, forums, street theatre, writers' panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, an entire children's festival, art and craft workshops, late night cabarets and special events including a spectacular fire event. (140mins)

  • Browndog/Artfilms Ltd - BRO-Wood6 (AU,2006) DVD-PAL

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Tracklist: The Dirty Three: Everything's Fucked/ Beasts Of Bourbon: The Low Road/ Spencer Jones/ and many more.

Recording info: Dirty Three recorded live on 11-Dec-2004 @ Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre (AU).

Note: Live clips from 1993-2005, with several interviews. Directed by Robert McCafferty. From 1991 to 2005, the annual Meredith Music Festival has grown from a small party in rural Victoria into a unique and beloved music festival. “A Weekend In The Country” tells the amazing story of the Meredith Music Festival, a music festival like no other. Narrated by the festival organisers and Jack and Mary Nolan (the farming couple who own the land) the documentary uses archival footage drawn from home videos, film crews, personal photos, TV footage, and super 8 diaries to show how the festival took on a life of its own and grew over the past 15 years. (118 mins).

  • Madman -MMA2266 (AU,11-Oct-06) DVD-PAL

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Sticky DVD -front V/A: STICKY CARPET (DVD)

Tracklist: The Dirty Three: 1000 Miles/ interview with Rowland S.Howard/ and many more.

Recording info: Dirty Three recorded live at the Beat Orgy program on 10-Dec-2004 @ PBS FM-Radio (AU).

Note: (120 mins). A documentary made by Mark Butcher about the Melbourne independent music scene. Interviews with musicians currently leading the charge, today’s sonic explorers such as Robin Fox and Rod Cooper, and Melbourne scene stalwarts including Ross Knight (Cosmic Psychos), Bruce Milne (founder of Au-Go-Go Records, In-Fidelity Records) and Roland S. Howard (Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party). Live performance footage comes from the likes of The Dirty Three, The Stabs, Bored!, I Spit on your Gravy, The Sailors, Love of Diagrams, Pisschrist and many more.

  • Siren Visual -SVE0540 (AU,08-Mar-07) DVD-PAL

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All Tomorrows Parties DVD -front V/A: ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES (DVD)

Tracklist: Dirty Three/ Grinderman/ Iggy and the Stooges/ Belle And Sebastian/ Grizzly Bear/ Sonic Youth/ Battles/ Portishead/ Daniel Johnston/ Lightning Bolt/ David Cross/ Animal Collective/ The Boredoms/ Les Savy Fav/ Mogwai/ Octopus Project/ Slint/ / the Yeah Yeah Yeahs/ the Gossip/ GZA/ Roscoe Mitchell/ Seasick Stev / A Hawk and a Hacksaw/ Fuck Buttons/ Micah P Hinson/ Two Gallants/ Mars Volta/ Akron/Family/ Jah Shaka/ Saul Williams/ Shellac/ Patti Smith/ John Cooper Clark.
Extra: over 50 mins of full length performance songs, with commentary from ATP promoters Barry Hogan and Deborah Kee Higgins.

Recording info: All tracks filmed at the ATP festival @ Butlin's Holiday Centre,Minehead (UK). Dirty Three filmed on 27/29-Apr-07.

Note: Includes 40 page full colour booklet, including 10 years of ATP artwork and programme introductions.

  • ATP - (UK,16-Nov-09) DVD-PAL
  • ATP - (UK,16-Nov-09) DVD-NTSC

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Promo clips

Everyhting is fucked clip EVERYTHING'S FUCKED

Recording info: (5:25 mins). Directed in 1995.

Note: Track from the "Dirty Three" album. Available on the Hong Kong Tour 2006 EPK VCD. With Nick Cave and other Bad Seeds in the background.


Recording info: (6:09 mins). Directed in 1995, by Sarah King.

Note: Track from the "Horse Stories" album. Cover of a Greek song performed by Arleta and composed by Giannis Spanos back in 60's.

Hope clip HOPE

Recording info: (4:55 mins). Directed in 1996, by Sarah King.

Note: Track from the "Horse Stories" album.

Backwards Voyager clip BACKWARDS VOYAGER

Recording info: (4:26 mins). Directed in 1998, by Sarah King.

Note: Track from the "Ocean Songs" album. Available on the VCD with the Taiwanese release of "Ocean Songs" (Gamma Music 2004).

Restless Waves clip THE RESTLESS WAVES

Recording info: (5:09 mins). Directed in 1998, by Braden King. Footage assembled from "Dutch Harbor: Where The Sea Breaks It's Back", a film by Braden King and Laura Moya. Cinematography by Mark Hopkins. Made by Truckstop Media.

Note: Track from the "Ocean Songs" album. Available as extra on the "Dutch Harbor" VHS video (Atavistic). Also available on the VCD with the Taiwanese release of "Ocean Songs" (Gamma Music 2004).

Great Waves clip GREAT WAVES

Recording info: (3:35 mins). Directed on September 1, 2005 by Braden King. Cinematography by Sam Levy. Additional Camera: Matt Boyd, Jem Cohen, Braden King. Edit: Braden King, Ian Williams. Art Director: Tim Grimes. Made by Truckstop Media.

Note: Track from the "Cinder" album.

Sad Jexy clip SAD JEXY

Recording info: (3:25 mins) Directed in 2005, by Sarah King.

Note: Track from the "Cinder" album. Jim White filmed in the transit zone of an airport.

Rising Below clip RISING BELOW

Recording info: (6:25 mins) Directed and edited by Emma Watts, Melbourne 2012.

Note: Track from the "Towards The Low Sun" album. Choreography and creative direction by Gabi Barton of performance group Town bikes. Film direction and editing by Emma Watts of ABC TV arts show. The clip features dancers wearing costumes drawn from the characters inhabiting the cover of Dirty Three's last album "Toward The Low Sun".


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