The rockumentary “Anonymous Club” examines the off- and on-stage personality of Australian rocker Courtney Barnett. Barnett is far from self assured and confident but that doubt propels her creativity to new heights and different directions. Unlike many rockers she is not stuck to the groove which quite frankly gets boring.
She recorded many of her observations on a Dictaphone and many create the impression of a dissatisfied and confused musician. At thirty she queries why she is on stage and muses why she is saying what she is saying going so far as to liken herself to a moron. Yet she is grateful for her success and has a very amiable and confident aura on stage.
I have watched a slew of rockumentaries over the years but never one so full of intimate and occasionally painful reflections of an artist. To use a trite expression this is raw and uncut. And it is Barnett’s self doubt and uncertainty that most likely will propel her career. This is honest filmmaking at its best. Although a musician she is a person on a voyage of self discovery. She, unlike so many, stops and questions the landmarks on the journey.
You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSTqNdasDUY
The film opens up in Canada on July 18.
Directed by Danny Cohen. RKS Film Rating 93/100.