The ABC has released a statement outlining their decision to pass up the recent Radio Birdman documentary.

Last year, it was announced that a new career-spanning documentary about Sydney punk legends Radio Birdman was in the works. Dubbed Descent Into The Maelstrom, the documentary eventually premiered last year, with the band noting that it had “been called the greatest Australian music documentary ever made” even before its release.

While the film is set to be sold on DVD at the group’s upcoming Aussie tour, the band noted last month that the ABC have turned down all offers to acquire the film and screen it to what is undoubtedly an eager audience.

“Considering the highly relevant content of the film, from the perspective of Australian music history, ABC was the obvious choice of channel,” Radio Birdman wrote.

“Despite being given a deeply discounted rate, and after several months of silence, the elite leadership at the taxpayer-funded ABC are refusing to show the film, now or at any time in the future.”

“The band is disappointed but not really surprised. We have been familiar with this sort of attitude from the establishment since the 1970’s.”


Following a call for their fans to appeal to the ABC on their behalf, music-minded Labor MP (and 2017 Record Store Day Ambassador) Anthony Albanese even wrote a letter to the broadcaster in hopes of changing their mind.