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Under the Volcano charts the rise and fall of AIR Studios Montserrat, the recording studio at the centre of the pop universe in the 1980s.

Built by Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin in 1979, AIR Studios Montserrat was a custom-built, state-of-the-art recording facility tucked away on a Caribbean paradise. In the shadow of an active volcano, the studio not only attracted the biggest musical talent on the planet, but was the birthplace of mega-hits such as Money for Nothing and Every Breath You Take. For a decade, AIR Montserrat formed the backdrop to monumental events in music history including the break-up of The Police, the reunion of The Rolling Stones, and the reinvigoration of Paul McCartney after the tragic murder of John Lennon.

After a decade of hits, and at the peak of its popularity, the studio was destroyed when the island was hit by a series of devastating natural disasters.

Through personal accounts and backed by a blistering soundtrack, Under the Volcano is the definitive account of George Martin’s Studio at the end of the world, a place that generated a perfect storm of talent, technology and isolation, ushering in music that would live on long after the last tape rolled.

Developed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information


Cody Greenwood

Ian Shadwell


Cody Greenwood


Gracie Otto

Executive Producers

Richard Harris
Ian Parker
Catriona Parker
Geoff Parker
Tanya Parker
David Lewis
Matthew James Parker
Alex Wallis
Luci Silvestrin
Jessica Carrera
Angus Wood
Sara Cline

Key Subjects

Mark Knopfler
Nick Rhodes
Stewart Copeland
Jimmy Buffet
Danny Sweeney
Midge Ure
Ray Cooper


Universal Pictures


Richard Harris

Associate Producer

Paul Komadina

Director of Photography

Hugh Miller ACS

Sound Recordist

Dean Hewitson

Keith G. Little


Pier Burbrook De Vere


Karen Johnson

Music Supervisor

Kim Green

Sound Designer

Lawrence Horne

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