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David Byrne's American Utopia

Country: USA, Language: English, 135 mins

  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Writer: David Byrne
  • Producer: Spike Lee; David Byrne; Jeff Skoll; Charlie Cohen

CGiii Comment

He may be a little older...but, David Byrne has lost none of his energy...nor has he lost his relevance.

It's not a 'gay' film per se...but, it is a camp fiesta of light and shade. Punctuated with moments of [political] thought and [deep] sounds dour...well, it's not. Because...the whole show is held together with what can only be described as a joyous joie-de-vivre.

You wanna see diversity on stage? Well, this is how you do it. It's not about gender, colour, sexuality,'s about the best person for the job...and, Mr Byrne picked the best. Playing live, playing fluid...playing and dancing and singing as if their hearts were about to explode with pride and pleasure. The dedication is obvious. The timing is immaculate. The result is a you wouldn't imagine. Thankfully, Mr Byrne did...this, really, is once in a lifetime.

For those who were lucky enough to have enjoyed Talking Heads, this is an orgasm. For those, the youngsters...this is what you have been waiting for...this is musicality, sensuality and theatricality all rolled into one. This is what we call showmanship extraordinaire.

Evocative, thrilling and it will have you up on your feet, dancing like you didn't care...and, smiling...until the tears run down your cheeks. Utter joy.


The(ir) Blurb...

A filmed version of David Byrne's Broadway show, a unifying musical celebration that inspires audiences to connect to each other and to the global community.

Cast & Characters

David Byrne;
Chris Giarmo;
Jacqueline Acevedo;
Mauro Refosco;
Angie Swan;
Bobby Wooten III;
Gustavo Di Dalva;
Tendayi Kuumba;
Daniel Freedman;
Stephane San Juan;
Karl Mansfield