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It's true, after 13 years LOVE IN BRIGHT LANDSCAPES  is finally completed. While our official WORLD PREMIERE  was called off due to lockdowns, the film is now starting to find its way out into the wider world, including its next screenings at CINEFEST OZ Film Festival in Margaret River, West Australia, in late August; and its first cinema release on September 9, appropriately in David's home town of Perth, West Australia.

We will keep you informed of any further screenings to follow in Australia and elsewhere. 


DBC Pierre, the Australian ex-pat novelist who won the Man Booker Prize in 2003 for his blackly comic novel Vernon God Little plays a key role in Love in Bright Landscapes. the upcoming documentary on late Triffids songwriter David McComb.  Approached by the filmmakers for an interview after his essay contribution to the book Vagabond Holes in 2009, he subsequently signed on to read McComb’s own poetry in the film and previously unheard snatches of the songwriter’s letters dating from the ‘80s and ‘90s.


 Pierre was travelling from his home in Ireland to India, and met us for a single afternoon in England en route. His interview was articulate, funny, and strongly grounded in a cultural standpoint that paints the Triffids as increasingly relevant – as comfortable ground slips beneath our feet. As he says, we’re now long departed from the ‘wharf of innocence’ and the intuitively off-kilter nature of The Triffids’ music , with its sense of longing, is more relevant now than ever.  In the course of the interview we decided, then and there, that was perfect to read David’s letters and poems. We pitched him the idea then and there, and he graciously accepted! In Australia, one year later, he spent a day recording with us. His tone, while absolutely distinct from Dave’s, is remarkably empathetic to his words in terms of their emotion and humour.

DBC Pierre’s readings are set against remarkably vivid 35 mm slide photography captured in the Australian landscape in the ’60s and ’70s by David’s family, and intimate 8mm home movies that have been cleaned up, re-scanned, and upgraded specially for Love in Bright Landscapes.


LOVE IN BRIGHT LANDSCAPES Exhibition – in PERTH from July 30

The new exhibition Love in Bright Landscapes isn't related to our film: but a sweep of uncanny synchronicity, both are inspired by the same source, this being the 1986 Triffids compilation album of the same name.  David originally drew the phrase from a poem by the Spanish literary great Rafael Alberti, who published 'The Coming back of Love in Bright Landscapes' in 1973. The Triffids credited Alberti on the compilation album sleeve. Now, an exhibition to be launched at PICA on July 30 explores Perth and Los Angeles as comparable suburban sprawling cities, exploring identity, presence, and place. 

LOVE IN BRIGHT LANDSCAPES – the exhibition runs July 30 – October 10 at PICA.