The world’s fastest growing music movement is set to strike a chord with guitar fans in Melbourne and Sydney this month with the Australian premiere of the first ever fingerstyle movie,  Acoustic Uprising.

From London to Canada, it is Australia’s turn to discover the exciting new world of modern acoustic guitar from some of the world’s most renowned players at two special advanced screenings - Melbourne Guitar Show, Sunday 6 August 10:30 at Caulfield Race Course and Sydney Guitar Festival, 27 August, 5pm at The Concourse Chatswood.

Australian film director and fellow guitarist, Drew Roller embarked on creating the crowdfunded, feature length documentary to share the vibrant, pioneering guitar revolution rising to prominence around the world.

“The way these guitarists are manipulating every aspect of the acoustic guitar is absolutely mesmerising and groundbreaking,” said Drew, a film director and guitarist based in Melbourne.

“Musicians like Tommy Emmanuel and Kaki King are changing the way we think about and use the humble acoustic guitar.

“It is the most played instrument around the world, yet it has been the most underplayed, until now.”

Drew Roller, 41, said YouTube has led to an exciting era of discovery and growth for FingerStyle guitar with artists like Andy McKee “able to hit the ears and eyes of 1.2 million people with just one video in two months thanks to YouTube.”

In Australia, Roller said it is musicians like Queensland’s Van Larkins spearheading the revolution down under.

“Van Larkins is up there with the best. He is inventing groundbreaking techniques and complex compositions that defy the boundaries of genre. It was only natural that he be part of the film’s starring international lineup.”

Combining classical guitar style with hints of electronica, Psytrance and 70s funk, Van Larkins will be performing at the Sydney screening and is world class example of the fusion of musical ideas the style has become known for.  Van will be joining Drew Roller and Aussie great, Mark Fisher for a panel discussion hosted by Guitar Speak podcast host Matt Wakeling after the film.

Acoustic Uprising’s full feature-length Australian premieres take place at Melbourne Guitar Show, Sunday 6 August 10:30 at Caulfield Race Course and Sydney Guitar Festival, 27 August, 5pm at The Concourse Chatswood.

Tickets on sale now via ticketek.

Drew Roller and Van Larkins are available for interviews and photographs. Photographs are also available on request.



Acoustic Uprising is the world’s first feature-length fingerstyle documentary due for official release worldwide October 2017.

Drew Roller is an Australian independent film maker from Melbourne, Australia.  Drew's passion for story telling has taken him all over the world, shooting in 10 countries.  Embracing the new technologies available to film makers, his projects are born of sheer hustle and determination.   He is part of the new breed of innovative media creatives empowered by the connectivity of the internet and crowd funding platforms like Kickstarter. 

Van Larkins is one of the country’s leading fingerstyle guitarists spearheading the genre's Australian revolution. Van Larkins' ground-breaking techniques and complex compositions have earned him a coveted spot on the U.S. CandyRat Records roster, multiple endorsements and praise from the world's best fingerstyle artists, including Andrew White, Antonio Vargas and electric guitar legend, Phil Emmanuel.


Australian guitarist Van Larkins features in  Acoustic Uprising

Australian guitarist Van Larkins features in Acoustic Uprising

Acoustic Uprising  is the world's first fingerstyle

Acoustic Uprising is the world's first fingerstyle

Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel

Kaki King

Kaki King

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner

Andy McKee

Andy McKee

Michael Hedges

Michael Hedges


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