Autoluminescent DVD


From myth to legend Rowland Howard appeared on the early Melbourne punk scene like a phantom out of Kafkaesque Prague or Bram Stoker's Dracula. A beautifully gaunt and gothic aristocrat the unique distinctive fury of his guitar style shot him directly into the imagination of a generation. He was impeccable; the austerity of his artistry embodied in his finely wrought form. Autoluminescent captures moments with the man himself and intimate missives from those who knew him behind closed doors; words and images etch light into what has always been the mysterious dark.

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27 January 2014
Matchbox Films 
110 minutes 
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Documentary about Australian guitarist and songwriter Rowland S. Howard who died from liver cancer in 2009. Rising in prominence through his association with post-punk band The Birthday Party, Rowland became an iconic figure of the scene due to his unique and experimental playing style. Gaining a cult following throughout his long and prolific career, Rowland is credited by many musicians as being an inspiration for their own work. This documentary gathers footage of interviews with Rowland himself as well as those who knew him best to provide a fitting tribute to the man and his music.

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