- Director: Danny Cohen
- Writer: Danny Cohen
- Producer: Philippa Campey, Samantha Dinning, Sue Maslin, Nick O'Byrne
It all really depends on how familiar you are with Courtney Barnett. If you are a fan...then, this here film is for you. If not...then, unfortunately, this film will do very little to entice you to become one.
A maudlin musician who comes alive on stage, off-stage is where the problems occur. Less of a music documentary and more of a video diary, there's so much soul-searching and self-analysis, it's really difficult to understand why Danny Cohen - this being his debut film - took such an awkward path. Fans might want to get to know Courtney a little better...but, ultimately, they want to see the persona they pay for rather than listen to the angst-ridden philosophy of a musician who seems to be at odds with herself.
Not your typical rock documentary. With his debut feature, director Danny Cohen brings to audiences a raw and deeply intimate study of Grammy-nominated Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Throughout a three-year period around the release of her 2018 album Tell Me How You Really Feel, Barnett uses a Dictaphone to share some of her most poignant conflicts and insecurities around what it means to be in the spotlight as an introvert and anti-influencer, yet lauded as one of the most powerful female voices of our times. Shooting on 16mm, Cohen has unprecedented access to Barnett's world and her relatable, deeply human struggles. We gradually see her emerge as an artist embracing her place in the world and discovering that her greatest power lies within her own vulnerability. Heather Haynes