DURATION: 83 mins
The antithesis of a rock biography, ANONYMOUS CLUB paints a raw and intimate picture of enigmatic singer-songwriter, Courtney Barnett – an anti-influencer who is a powerful voice for our times, a recluse acclaimed by audiences the world over and a strong female artist in conflict with herself.
This feature documentary project was initiated in 2018 by Danny Cohen, who has been collaborating for many years with Courtney Barnett on her award-winning and highly imaginative music videos. Danny spent three years on tour in Europe, the US and Asia and at home in Melbourne filming with Barnett as a one-man crew, shooting on a 16mm camera, customised to record sync sound.
“Anonymous Club is undoubtedly a film that Barnett fans will adore – but if you’re not familiar with her music, or perhaps not that into it, you may emerge a fan by the end” – IndieWire
“Captures the artist at her most open… A mediation on depression, anxiety and touring” – NME
“In a sea of identical musician biographies, this is a rarity” – Screenhub
In tandem with filming, at the suggestion of Danny, the notoriously guarded Courtney Barnett kept an audio diary on an analogue Dictaphone. These unmediated reflections capture Courtney’s internal struggles – from her own confidence and self-perception, to the pressures of fame, to understanding her place in music and as an artist navigating the world around her.
ANONYMOUS CLUB was financed with the MIFF Premiere Fund, Film Victoria, Screen Australia, The Post Lounge, Mind The Gap Film Finance and Film Art Media, alongside private investment.More Information
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