The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Screenwriter and director Mitchell gives an unforgettable performance as the titular genderqueer, glam-punk East German singer-songwriter transplanted to the US whose protégé, Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt), steals her songs and achieves the fame that eludes her. Adapting Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask’s own late ’90s hit off-Broadway show, and informed by Plato’s Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas, this dynamic, often hilarious, regularly raucous yet very moving cult-classic queer rock musical features a slew of superb songs as well as animated sequences. It won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2001, where Mitchell also won Best Director.
Also screening on Wed 7 December
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) – Wed 7 Dec, 7pm
City of Lost Souls (1983) – Wed 7 Dec, 8.50pm
The Lure (2015) – Wed 14 Dec, 7pm
The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985) – Wed 14 Dec, 8.45pm
The Hop Pickers (1964) – Wed 21 Dec, 7pm
Singing on the Treadmill (1974) – Wed 21 Dec, 8.45pm
The movie musical, while intermittently revived in the mainstream affections, has long been associated with the golden age of Hollywood between the 1930s and the 1960s. This season demonstrates that the musical has also flourished away from this perceived American “centre” – while still existing in dialogue with it – throughout the subsequent decades.
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Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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