River Feature

River Live in Concert

The creative team behind Mountain presents the musical and cinematic odyssey, River, in a special one-night-only concert.

Rivers have shaped the earth and shaped the human species. We love and abuse rivers, worship and pollute them, flood them for wealth and turn to them for solace.

Immersing yourself in a river is the simplest way to feel its life force and to understand our instinctive connection to it. From director Jennifer Peedom comes this powerful collaboration created as a companion film to our record-breaking production, Mountain. River is another extraordinary tale of nature and humans as partners and adversaries.

With a musical score performed live and directed by Richard Tognetti, featuring his own music alongside Bach, Vivaldi, Ravel, Jonny Greenwood, and a new collaboration with William Barton, along with Australian composer Piers Burbrook de Vere.

River is a reminder that it is never too late to ask ourselves: ‘are we being good ancestors?’ The film asks us all to examine pleasure, loss and the consequences of our actions. While all the while immersing us in the experience of body and water, of music and life.


“This stunningly well photographed, poetically inclined hymn to the world’s waterways is definitely a must-see… The film’s soundtrack is majestically augmented by a specially composed music score by Richard Tognetti.” – David Stratton, The Australian

“An awe-inspiring, musical tour of the Earth’s waterways” – Time Out

“… put together with a finely tuned instinct for the sensuous power of the earth’s splendours” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Haunting and exceptional” Limelight


Jennifer Peedom – Writer & Director
Joseph Nizeti – Co-Writer & Co-Director
Robert MacFarlane – Writer
Jo-anne McGowan – Producer
John Smithson – Producer
Richard Tognetti AO – Musical Director, Composer & Lead Violin
Nigel Jamieson – Staging Director
William Barton – Vocals
Australian Chamber Orchestra

Thank you to the River Producers’ Syndicate:

Major Producers

Warwick & Ann Johnson


Joanna Baevski
David & Sandy Libling
Martyn Myer AO & Louise Myer
Rob & Nancy Pallin
Peter & Victoria Shorthouse
Peter & Susan Yates