Posted in Archive Feb 2013 on Tuesday 05.02.13


DIRECTOR: Jefferson Grainger
PRODUCER: Jefferson Grainger


SYNOPSIS: Every other day, Raymond Borzelli, elderly pensioner, wanders the streets of Sydney, seeking out music to dance to, a small taste of fame, and a few hours of happiness.

DIRECTOR’S BIO: Jefferson Grainger has travelled all over the world and filmed a number of documentaries for major international broadcasters such as National Geographic and Discovery over the last ten years and even lost a brand new camera to a crocodile! Currently he is part of his own production company, Grainger Television Australia.


19 Responses to “BETTER THAN SINATRA”

  1. Kate says:

    Fantastic news such a clever guy! Dave and I are thrilled for you.

  2. Christie says:

    THIS WAS MY ABSOLUTE FAV! I can’t wait to meet him and give him a coles voucher to fill his pantry,

    well done on producing such quality that was so endearing and touching.

  3. jimmy says:

    I can relate

  4. Mali says:

    What was the name of the song at the end? x

  5. [...] But it was the judges who made it all official, awarding the Grainger Films team’s  BETTER THAN SINATRA, second prize in the world’s largest short-film festival, TROPFEST! [...]

  6. Kellie says:

    This should have won – the emotional reaction was very raw.

  7. Deb Aubert says:

    Loved this film heaps thanks so much for enlightening everyone with the freedom of being yourself and this wonderful character what a gem, he makes so many people smile and enhances their lifes, the world needs more like him to be real and he certainly is a gem.

  8. [...] chose between 1st & 2nd – they were truly both amazing. My favourite was definitely Better than Sinatra.  I can’t wait to come across Raymond dancing in the city one day. Also, looking forward [...]

  9. Annette says:

    OMG LOVEDTHISFILM- WINNERS IN MY BOOK!!!! I used to watch this guy dance 20yrs ago when I worked in the city while I had my lunch – great way to dstress and have a laugh good to see hes still rockin!!!! great idea to do a story on one of the great characters of SYDNEY!!!

  10. [...] entries (in my expert opinion): Better than Sinatra by Jefferson Grainger which bought back memories of a school excursion to the MCA al those years [...]

  11. Deborah says:

    Can someone tell me what the song in the second part of the film is? Starts at minute 4:30 approx…

  12. [...] the 86-year old starred-in was being named as second place winner in the international film festivalTROPFEST,  Raymond was at home, fast [...]

  13. [...] What seemed to stand out above all, was the charming personality of street celebrity, Raymond Borzelli in the runner up film, ‘Better than Sinatra’. A short documentary that follows Raymond, an elderly pensioner who dances around the streets of Sydney. His spirit is as strong as his strength to entertain, and it was that reason why Sam Worthington bestowed a prize of $3,000 to him personally. A winning moment of the night indeed. You can watch the film here. [...]

  14. Sid says:

    The song is “Live and be free’ by Tim McMorris :)

  15. Tricia says:

    For those wondering about the last song in this film:
    “Live & Be Free” – Tim McMorris

    Can’t find on iTunes though. :-( Anyone know where to get this song?

  16. Tricia says:

    Ah nuts, found the song but it’s currently “royalty free”, i.e. you essentially buy the licence to use in whatever project you’re using the music for (such as what the director of this film did), so pricier than a single. If you REALLY want it, you’ll find it on for $14.

  17. Matt says:

    I agree Greg Grainger’s son should also donate his winnings to Raymond to avoid any sense of exploitation :)

  18. jenny says:

    I thought this film was fantastic, Raymond is living a simple life with very little but has a sparkle in his eyes. Good on you Sam Worthington for donating $3000 to him, but does anyone know whether he received it??

  19. Colleen says:

    I’ve probably seen this bloke around at some time or another :)

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