Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque
SEARCHING FOR A SUITABLE NAME FOR A NEW WAREHOUSE ARTS VENUE, CO-FOUNDER LUCAS ABELA DECIDED TO COMMEMORATE ONE OF THE SEEDIER MOMENTS OF SYDNEY’S HISTORY: THE ‘ALLEGED’ SHOOTING IN THE 1980S OF WARREN LANFRANCHI BY POLICE OFFICER ROGER ROGERSON IN A CHIPPENDALE BACKLANE.
This documentary film chronicles the last sixty days of the eponymous artist-run initiative which ran from 2002 – 2007 in Sydney, Australia.
A month after the illegal artspace Lanfranchi’s shut down in 2007, opinion columnists, journalists and other people who had never set foot in the place started lamenting about how it was “the end of an era” and “the loss of a major strand to our city’s cultural DNA”. Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque was a massive warehouse on the third floor of an old chocolate factory in Chippendale, Sydney, built from discarded parts of The Matrix set. It was home to some of the best live gigs and experimental electronica in Sydney. As well as a lot of crap, as usually comes with these types of venues.