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Dig! - Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor, Ondi Timoner

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Movie propaganda

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2004, Dig! Is a remarkable feature documentary that gives a cinéma vérité spin to the endlessly fascinating pop-music soap opera formula of VH1's Behind the music. Shot over the course of seven years and culled from a staggering 1500 hours of footage, the movie follows the twin paths of the two indie rock bands, The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, on their stumbling and highly dramatic path to rock stardom.

Cast members Brent DeBoer (The Dandy Warhols) and Matt Hollywood (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) will be making the trip out to Australia for the première and will perform an exclusive after-screening gig in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film documentary music Dandy Warhols Brian Jonestown Massacre

Persons of interest

  • Anton Newcombe .... Himself
  • Courtney Taylor-Taylor .... Himself
  • Joel Gion .... Himself
  • Matt Hollywood .... Himself
  • Peter Holmstrom .... Himself
  • Zia McCabe .... Herself
  • Brent DeBoer .... Himself
  • Eric Hedford .... Himself
  • Dean Taylor .... Himself
  • Ondi Timoner .... Screenwriter
  • Ondi Timoner .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Whew! From the first frame of Dig! you are completely aware that Anton Newcombe is a raving lunatic. What keeps you watching the film is the same thing that makes people see The Brian Jonestown Massacre live: you want to know what madness he's going to get up to next. The comparison between the two bands, one reaching for the gutter, the other reaching for the stars is a valid and poignant one. There is no victory as sweet as success and no loss as bitter as defeat. And if you can't win yourself, the best fun is to be had in watching someone else lose.

Heh, heh, heh.

There are lots of shots of both bands in concert, backstage and off-stage, separately and together. If you know the Dandys or the Jonestown this makes for some good looking, listening and learning. I've heard of the titles before so it was a bit of culture shock to sit through a couple of hours of complete strangers running around in front of a camera, but I managed to get to the end, no worries.

It's all good.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Bonus scenes:
      • The Brian Jamestown Massacre in London
      • Loves country store
      • Tang
      • M Radio début
      • Fan on-stage
      • The Dandy Warhols' first touch of fame
      • Anton on NYC rooftop
      • Anton records Give it back
      • Joel's antics
    • Commentaries:
      • The Brian Jamestown Massacre
      • The Dandy Warhols
      • The filmmakers
    • Featurettes: Courtney Taylor and Anton Newcombe jam session
    • Interviews: Matt Hollywood and Brent De Boer
    • Music videos:
      • The Dandy Warhols (uncut versions):
        • Last high
        • Bohemian like you
        • TV theme song
        • Smoke it
    • Trailer: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Drug use, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

105 minutes (1:45 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 2 December 2004 - Melbourne
Film: 9 December 2004 - Sydney
Film: 14 April 2005 - National
DVD rental: 19 October 2005
DVD retail: 19 October 2005

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