After the disaster of WW2, a wave of Italian immigrants found their way to Melbourne - a strange place, suspicious of outsiders and completely devoid of a good cup of espresso. Congregating in a then run-down stretch of Carlton known as Lygon St, these irrepressible restaurateurs, enterpeneurs and sometimes mafiosi would come to define not only a street, but an entire city.
Now in Lygon St, documentarians Shannon Swan and Angelo Pricolo tell the history of this famous cultural epicentre. Combining archival footage, one-on-one interviews and a roundtable of Lygon Street's most prominent figures, Swan and Pricolo bring to life the people, places, and of course, pastas that have made up one of Melbourne's most remarkable communities.
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Directors: Shannon Swan & Angelo Pricolo
Language: Italian and English (with English subtitles)
Run Time: 120 mins
Rating: MA15+ (Strong course language)
"[A] charming documentary...a must for local history buffs, and for anyone interested in the broader story of how Italian influences have reshaped Australia."
- Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"The filmmakers are affectionate but unobtrusive...a valuable piece of social history."
- Craig Mathieson, SBS
★★★★ "[A] warm, amusing and highly informative documentary...recounts the history of one of Melbourne and Australia’s most iconic streets...a highly enjoyable exploration of a fascinating aspect of Melbourne’s history."
- 88.3 Southern FM
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