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Hard-Ons: the Most Australian Band Ever!

Three teenagers from 1980s Punchbowl become multicultural punk rock icons and conquer the world.


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  • DIRECTOR Jonathan Sequeira

  • PRODUCER Wade Jackson and Nalini Sequeira



In 1981, three migrant schoolboys from Sydney's under-privileged western suburbs forma band. They go on to achieve an unprecedented 17 consecutive Number 1s on the alternative music charts, 250,000 album sales and 50,000-strong crowds in Europe.Thirty-five years later, The Hard-Ons are still loud, proud, and unapologetically multicultural.But does their brand of brash, bratty pop still resonate? Or, is this band of middle-agedmiscreants no longer relevant in contemporary Australia? As they release their 13th studioalbum and embark on a national tour, we look at the past, present and future of this pioneering band and their ongoing impact on Australian popular culture.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Hard-Ons: The Most Australian Band Ever! is a story about following your vision and the rewards and challenges of living by your truth.It is a “7 Up” story about three boys who meet at school. How they have aged and how Australia has changed with them? Have they stayed ahead of their time, or are they relics of the past as Australia has grown? It is about perseverance, maintaining your artistic integrity, and refusing to compromise – often at great personal cost. Doing things on your terms, no matter how much pressure society places on you and the price you might have to pay. Fighting for your identity and the right to have your voice heard, no matter how confronting that voice is.
It is a story about racism and identity that challenges stereotypes and offers a different insight into what life was like for children of colour growing up in Sydney in the late 70s. It is about relationships - how family and friends and strong women shape and support them.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Our production team includes representation of women and ALL are CaLD backgrounds.This project will also provide career development for a female Producer from regional Australia. The film’s three protagonists come from Sri Lankan, Croatian and Korean backgrounds. They hail from the under-privileged suburb of Punchbowl in Sydney’s western suburbs. The cultural and socio-economic history of this diverse area and its people is discussed.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

1. Show that music is a uniting force for good across many cultures.
2. Show that different backgrounds are represented in the arts.
3. Encourage participation of varying cultural backgrounds in the arts/music.
4. Help Australians understand their cultural history.
5. Encourage potential artists of varying cultural backgrounds to draw/paint etc.
6. Encourage a breakdown in stereotypes.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?


Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Change their attitudes towards people of different backgrounds.
Be aware of and address their own privilege and racism.
Understand, take pride and enjoy Australia's largely unknown underground music scene.
Be encouraged to play music or start a band regardless of level of skill.
Be encouraged to draw or paint regardless of level of skill.
Make some noise.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Reaction to the film from the audience during screenings.
Online community engagement with Hard-Ons is very strong and this will provide excellent opportunity for feedback on impact vision.