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Reel To Reel: Courtney Barnett

Featuring A Film Screening, Performance, and A Conversation with Courtney Barnett and Special Guest Moderator Devendra Banhart

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host a special screening of Danny Cohen’s film about Courtney Barnett, ANONYMOUS CLUB, followed by a post-screening conversation with Courtney Barnett moderated by Devendra Banhart and a performance by Courtney and her collaborator, Stella Mozgawa. The duo will recreate some of the instrumental songs inspired from the film, which make up Barnett’s new album End Of The Day out September 8th on Mom+Pop. 

Shot on vivid 16mm film over a three-year period, ANONYMOUS CLUB chronicles notoriously shy, Melbourne-based musician and former Best New Artist GRAMMY Nominee 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.

In the hands of Courtney Barnett, fragments of everyday life become rich and riveting. A deft lyricist and virtuosic guitarist, she is an emblem of millennial wit and one of Australia’s most successful musical exports. 

Based for much of her adult life in Melbourne, Barnett first found critical acclaim with 2013’s The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, and broke into the mainstream in 2015 with her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Garnering a coveted Best New Artist Grammy nomination and numerous other accolades, the album stands as a generational classic. Barnett followed her debut with 2017’s Lotta Sea Lice, an acclaimed collaborative record with Kurt Vile, and eschewed the vignettes of her early records on 2018’s Tell Me How You Really Feel, her humid, political sophomore record, which featured the Margaret Atwood-invoking single “Nameless, Faceless.” 

Barnett is also a powerhouse live act, playing slots at festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, Primavera, and Lollapalooza. In 2021, she released Things Take Time, Take Time, a remarkable artistic step forward. Barnett continues doing what she does best: translating the chaos of the world into sparkling, indelible poetry.

Film courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

 

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