‘Anonymous Club’ Trailer: Courtney Barnett’s Intimate Doc Journey Comes To America In July

Ever wondered just how much exhausting work goes into a musical act’s world tour? Now audiences can find out for themselves. From filmmaker Danny Cohen, “Anonymous Club” chronicles the Melbourne, Australia-based musician Courtney Barnett and the ups and downs she encounters on the world tour for her album, “Tell Me How You Really Feel.”

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Known for her deadpan singing style and witty lyrics, Barnett rose to international fame with the release of her 2013 EP, “The Double Ep: A Sea of Split Peas.” Barnett was also nominated for Best New Artist at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards and International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards. Critics praised her second album “Tell Me How You Really Feel” for Barnett’s more subdued musical style compared to previous releases. And audiences matched the critic’s high opinions: the album peaked at number 9 on the UK Official Album Charts and number 22 on the Billboard 200.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Shot on vivid 16mm film over a three-year period, ANONYMOUS CLUB chronicles notoriously shy, Melbourne-based musician Courtney Barnett’s ups and downs on the world tour for her album Tell Me How You Really Feel. Featuring Barnett’s unguarded narration from her audio diary, recorded on a dictaphone provided by filmmaker Danny Cohen, the film delivers frank and unprecedented insight into Barnett’s creative process, the sacrifices and inner conflicts set in motion by fame, and the sometimes dark backdrop to her whimsical, relatably poetic compositions. 

“Anonymous Club” had its world premiere at SXSW in Austin back in March. The film had its Australian theatrical release later that month. Oscilloscope Laboratories snatch up the North American distribution rights of the film shortly afterward for a summer theatrical release.

OscilloScope’s Dan Berger said, “Whether you know who Courtney Barnett is or not, whether you’re a fan or not, ANONYMOUS CLUB is that rare doc that manages to soar beyond its face-value subject matter and presents a universal, relatable, and even transcendent viewing experience.”

Find how just how transcendent a viewing experience it is when “Anonymous Club” hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on July 15. Watch the trailer below.