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John Farnham: Finding The Voice – Movie Review

John Farnham's documentary shares the highs, lows, acclaim and private struggles of one of Australia's best-known entertainers.

By Russell MatthewsWednesday 21 Jun 2023MoviesReading Time: 3 minutes

To say singer John Farnham epitomises the term “icon”, within the Australian psyche, is not a stretch.

He has been given the title of Australia’s Voice and has sung with some of the biggest artists in and outside the Sunburnt Country.

Documentary filmmaker Poppy Stockell was given the honour of documenting his illustrious career, through the highs and lows of his decades of singing.

This reviewer grew up in North America and only recently was introduced to John Farnham.

His name does not have the same impact on me as my Australian friends.

Still, this documentary captured the alluring mystique of this Aussie battler, particularly as Farnham attempted to overcome his teen pop status of the ’60s and record the most successful album in Australian history, Whispering Jack.

Told through the voices of his closest friends and some recognisable musical stars including Olivia Newton-John, this singer’s story proves to be as Australian as the man himself.

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Stockell shows the humanity behind the legend while inspiring other artists to keep fighting for the sake of their art.

Each interviewee opens the door to a personal side of Farnham’s life that does not pull any punches and exposes the beauty and viciousness of the music industry.

At the same time, we see how this legendary musician continued on with the aid of close friends who believed in him – even when he had given up on his career.

This hero’s journey gives the audience a glimpse into the reality of John Farnham’s life without diminishing the quality of his spirit.

John Farnham: Finding the Voice is not just for his most devoted fans. It also pulls back the curtain on this man and his career for anyone less familiar with Farnham.

Stockell’s worthwhile documentary will solidify his place in the hearts of those who love himm, while motivating new listeners to listen to The Voice.

REEL DIALOGUE: How do you remain humble in the public eye?

One thing that stands out about John Farnham is his genuineness and humility within his flawed humanity.

This film allows audiences to see the human experiences of this artist, who spent loads of time in the public eye.

Such interest from Australian audiences could lead to many placing this musician on a pedestal, even with all the challenges he has experienced.

To a lesser degree, we all experience this as we progress through life.

Success can come from the arts, academics, business, or other endeavours – but how do we deal with the lower points in life?

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10)

The issue comes down to where we place our worth and identity.

Suppose you put your trust in the accolades of others and in achieving goals. In that case, this will lead to eventual disappointment and depression.

As seen throughout the Bible and in the words of James, the solution is to place your trust in the Lord for your worth.

If all you do is done for the honour of the Lord, regardless of how mankind responds to it, God will encourage you.

Even though the good and bad times will come, the Lord’s support will be the constant that can sustain you.

If you would like to discuss the issues associated with humility and the Bible, reach out to us at Third Space. We would love to chat about this and more.


Article supplied with thanks to City Bible Forum.

About the author: Russ Matthews is a film critic at City Bible Forum and Reel Dialogue. He has a passion for film and sparking spiritual conversations.

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