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Mutiny in Heaven: The Birthday Party

1h 39m Music, Documentary 2023

Told in the group’s own words, this is the story of Australian bad boys The Birthday Party’s ascent, apex and inevitable collapse - a thrilling tale of epic struggle, artistic genius and total dysfunctionality.

This is a twisted tale of actualization and implosion whilst dealing with issues of artistic muse, creativity, addiction, fame, interpersonal conflict and the unique relationship between creative vision and self-destruction - all underpinned by the dark, wry humour of the individual band members.

Utilising exclusive, incredibly candid interviews, a wealth of rare and unseen archives, original artwork, unreleased tracks, studio footage, animation and multimedia content - the film is as visually rich as it is narratively riveting - a revealing look back at its key members’ origins, dreams, hopes and motivations.

“Fans of the legendary post-punk band the Birthday Party will take to Ian White’s new film like pigs to slop… the uninitiated will probably also have a good time with this full-tilt boogie, sonic assault of a documentary, which paints a warts-and-all portrait of the band and its members. ” ~Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian


Ian White



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