Upcoming event: Tracing Family – From Italy to Australia

A part of the Fremantle Festival's '10 Nights in Port 2021'

Tracing Family is a live music film screening event which pays homage to the European migrants who travelled thousands of miles by ship in the 1920’s to call Australia home. Ensemble Viola Dana perform their original score, an evocative soundscape, accompanying the cinematic journey of over a hundred passengers and the places they visited on their way to a very different life.

Featuring rare footage from 1924, the film portrays the 8,000 mile odyssey of the Regina d’Italia, via Genoa, Milano, Messina, Port Said, Colombo, Mauritius, FREMANTLE, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The film includes panoramic views witnessed by Italian, Yugoslav, Greek, Arabic and Jewish passengers during their seven-week migration. Seventy-nine passengers disembarked in Fremantle on 14th September 1924.

Viola Dana steeped themselves in stories from descendants of the original passengers and music from the era for creative inspiration. Stories gathered from history libraries, the National Archives and multicultural community groups also inform this unique event and performance of Tracing Family with the film ‘Dall’Italia All’Australia’.

Presented by Viola Dana.


WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle


7:30pm, Friday 16 July


$20 + BF available for purchase here.

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EP: Selections from a soundtrack for The General

'Selections from a soundtrack for The General', our debut release, is comprised of eight of the most memorable tracks from the film 'The General' captured in beautifully warm, rustic sonic hues of strings and percussion by Lee Buddle and Charlie Young at Crank Recording.

'Selections from a soundtrack for The General' is available for purchase on CD for AU$15 with free standard shipping internationally and can be ordered using Paypal:

Photography of Viola Dana by Nik Babic Photography

The General image courtesy of Chapel Distribution