Into the Night with Dave Stewart and Vanessa Amorosi

Dave Stewart is one of the world’s most successful musicians and music producers. He meets the Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi, who gave up her international pop career to indulge in her passion, gospel music.

Stewart composes a song on his electric guitar at his 18th floor studio with its breathtaking view in downtown Los Angeles. Amorosi and Stewart meet at the live music venue “Troubadour” on Santa Monica Boulevard. Since no one sells records any more anyway, musicians should only play music that they find exciting, says Stewart. In the photo gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, one can admire, among others, Dave Stewart’s photo of Björk. They visit music video director Jonas Akerlund at his Black Mansion in the Hollywood Hills. Stewart and Äkerlung are planning on a zombie musical. Vanessa is attracted to Akerlund’s dark aesthetic, which reminds her of her family’s exorcisms, during which she nearly drowned as a child. Akerlund serves them his homemade absinthe at the pool and talks about his collaborative work with Rammstein. Amorosi begins to sing and Stewart raves about the freedom he had on his Internet TV program, which featured Damian Hirst’s penis and Bono. After meeting Akerlund’s furless cat, Stewart and Amorosi leave, since a number of illustrious guests are waiting for them on Stewart’s rooftop terrace in Downtown L.A  including Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and his girlfriend Orianthi, a  guitarist with Prince, Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton. After a sumptuous Korean barbecue with a view over the nocturnal Los Angeles, the guitars are unpacked and a long jamming and singing session follows.

Duration 52 Min.
A Film by Cordula Kablitz-Post
Commissioning Editor Martin Pieper
Broadcast on ARTE on February 18th 2018 at 11:50 pm