Aussie Documentary to Look at AIR Studios Montserrat

Under the Volcano – Stuart Copeland, Andy Summers and Sting (The Police) at AIR Studios Montserrat / Image courtesy Andy Summers

Screen Australia today announced production funding for 18 documentary projects, one of which will focus on AIR Studios Montserrat.

The organisation doled out AUSD 3.5 million dollars (XCD 6.789 million) in funding to 18 film projects, the report said.

Under the Volcano is the name of the feature-length documentary from Rush Films which tells the story of AIR studios Montserrat, a state-of-the-art recording facility which had its hay day in the 1980s. Built by Beatles producer the late Sir George Martin, the studio formed the backdrop to monumental events in music history.

Gracie Otto – Facebook photo

“Through personal accounts, never-before-seen footage and backed by a blistering soundtrack, this feature is a definitive account of the place that stumbled upon the perfect storm of talent, technology and isolation, creating music that would live on long after the last tape rolled,” the article noted.

Under the Volcano will be directed by Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario), produced by Cody Greenwood (The Beeman) and Richard Harris. Screenwest provided development funding for this project.

AIR Studios saw the likes of The Police, Stevie Wonder, Simply Red and other famous rock bands of the 1980s visiting the island to record their hits.