Seven Songs to Leave Behind

Watched by over 8000 people at Melbourne's Myer Music Bowl Seven Songs to Leave Behind, the closing night concert of the 2010 Melbourne International Arts Festival, was an extraordinary gathering of international artists including John Cale, Sinead O'Connor, Meshell Ndegeocello and a number of artists from the Black Arm Band. In a format of entwined concerts, over more than three hours, these artists each shared highly personal musical essays of seven classic songs that hold special meaning to them. They sang their first song – the song that switched them on to being a musician, one from master poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen, a song to share with another, a song that they covet – the one above all others that they wished they had written, two songs of their own and one for the end of days – a song to leave behind.

As part of this celebration of mortality, spirituality and the power of song, Daybreak Films created interstitial film sequences composed of entwined texts, film textures and subtle motion graphics along with sublime moments directed by some of the great directors in world cinema - Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Andrei Tarkovsky, Hal Hartley and Warwick Thornton among others.

For more informaion on Seven Songs to Leave Behind, see here.



  • Produced by Selin Yaman
  • Film content curated by Rhys Graham & Natasha Gadd
  • Motion Graphics content developed by Darren Richmond & Natasha Gadd
  • Motion Graphics content created and animated by Darren Richmond
  • Show duration: 210mins
  • Film content duration: 25mins