Lupa J features in Sydney Film Festival’s Finalist Category for “The Weather Diaries” following the success of “Limbo.”
22 year old Australian producer and songwriter LUPA J celebrates the success of her latest song and video, “Limbo” with the announcement of her feature in Sydney Film Festival’s Finalist Category for “The Weather Diaries” a documentary six years in the making by Lupa J’s mother, Kathy Drayton.
A mother’s meditation on the future for her aspiring musician daughter, “The Weather Diaries” shines a light on society’s collective failure to act on climate change.
“I have made this film in the knowledge that documentaries about climate change are seen in the industry as ratings killers, and that to find an audience, they need to offer substantial grounds for hope to their viewers” tells director and Lupa J’s mother, Kathy Drayton.
Sydney film festival runs from June 10 – 21, you can stream “The Weather Diaries” online at https://www.sff.org.au/
“The first goal of this work is to encourage more dialogue and thinking about the environmental threats and possible futures our children are facing.
The second goal is to forge an emotional, intimate connection with climate change, to awaken an audience to its impacts already occurring at a local level, and to face the grief and fear it stirs in all of us, so we can move beyond the denial this triggers to focused action.”
Lupa J’s body of work to date has seen her featured as The Independent (UK) ‘Spotlight Artist’, earned a nomination for the Australian Music Prize and FBi Radio Smac Award for ‘Album of the Year’ and includes an impressive touring history supporting the likes of Grimes, Alice Glass (Crystal Castles), Sarah Blasko and Tegan And Sara. Her songs tell the story of her navigation through identity, relationships and her rite of passage into adulthood. “Limbo” is the next instalment.
Lupa J is the creative project of Sydney based producer and songwriter Imogen Jones. At age 15, Jones posted her first three tracks under the Lupa J alias on Soundcloud. She immediately gained attention from tastemakers at DIY Magazine, who wrote “there’s something in the way she makes predominantly electronic, gadgety things seem like they’ve come straight out of some pagan cave of organic sounds.” In Australia, national radio station triple j nominated her as a finalist for an unprecedented two years running in their Unearthed High competitions of 2014 and 2015.
The release of her debut album,“Swallow Me Whole” was followed by a successful album tour, which included a sold-out show at Oxford Arts Factory Gallery Bar. Released on July 5 to immediate success, “Swallow Me Whole” earned Lupa J a ‘Spotlight Artist’ feature in The Independent (U.K), FBi Radio’s ‘Album Of The Week’ and ‘5th Most Played Artist of 2019’, a nomination for the Australian Music Prize and FBi Radio’sSMAC Awardsfor ‘Album of the Year’ and was championed by Spotify in several songs in major editorial playlists.
With three EPs, a debut LP under her belt and a touring history that includes Grimes, Alice Glass, Sarah Blasko and Tegan and Sara, 2019 has seen Lupa J evolve into one of Australia’s most unique and proven left-field pop voices.