St Kilda Jazz Stories is a 38 minute film homage to Australian jazz history through the lens of St Kilda’s significant venues (including Memo Music Hall). It features music from local jazz luminaries with archive footage, photographs and interviews revealing stories from the dance halls, coffee lounges, clubs, pubs and bars from the 1920s to today. Since its world premiere at St Kilda Film Festival in June 2019, it has been selected for screening and awarded Best Short Documentary (runner-up) at Jukebox International Film Festival (USA), was a semi-finalist at the Australian Independent Film Festival, and made official selection at Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago. It will soon screen locally at the St Kilda Jazz summit following the launch of the Ruby Carter Lounge (upstairs from Memo Music Hall) on 3rd November 2019.
The film was made by Kaye Blum, a supporter of the Australian Jazz Museum, who was able to make good use of our archival resources.