It is a story that stretches from the industrial landscape of Wollongong to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas – and Perth filmmaker Wayne Waples needs your help to tell it.
The Four Kinsmen, the revered variety entertainment who call Wollongong home, are the subject of a documentary Mr Waples is crowd-funding support for.
The group, famed for their singing, dancing and impressions, toured the world and at one stage, were the most popular show on the famous Vegas strip.
‘‘I’ve been contacting all the older members, to show the history of the group from a vocal group through to how they succeeded all over the world,’’ Mr Waples said.
‘‘I will be going right back to the early days, trying to get all the original members back together.’’
The group, started in 1962 by the Mahony and Fay brothers, had TV and recording success in Australia before travelling Europe. The group gradually changed as all four brothers eventually left and were replaced with the best-known version of the group in George Harvey, Robert Pearson, Graham Wilson and Scott Radburn.
‘‘Everything that happened for us was while we were in Wollongong,’’ Mr Radburn said.
‘‘We’re proud to say Wollongong is home.’’
It was this line-up that spent months at a time touring the US, from state fairs to sold-out theatres, touring with Ray Charles, and headlining the Las Vegas strip.
‘‘We were the main show on the strip. We played the Hacienda for four months, playing two times a night, six nights a week,’’ Mr Wilson said.
‘‘People say Human Nature are the first Australian group to have a Vegas residency. We were doing it in the ’90s.’’
Mr Waples needs $125,000 to produce the documentary, to pay for music licensing fees, old footage and shoot costs.
To pledge or for more information, see tfkdoco.com.