John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

John Cameron Mitchell | USA | 2001 | MA15+

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Wed 7 Dec 2022

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.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Roadshow
Runtime: 92 mins

Event duration

92 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

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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