All Tomorrow's Parties

Film, Documentary
3 out of 5 stars
All Tomorrow's Parties

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Jonathan Caouette’s follow-up to the extraordinary Tarnation is a similarly semi-found bricolage record of the annual alternative-music festival ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’, curated by a selection of artists ranging from Matt Groening to Modest Mouse.

Your enjoyment of this DIY cinematic celebration of the fêted, venue-hopping indie rock festival will depend on a few key factors. Firstly, you’ll need a strong stomach: shot on handheld cameras by fans and even band members, ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ can be a queasy experience. Secondly, you’ll need a tolerance for hipster nerd culture: the focus is on the music, but there are enough scenes of chic geeks falling backwards into pinball machines to try the patience. Thirdly, and most importantly, you’ll need a love for the many worlds of alterna-rock, pop, folk and hip hop. There’s something here for all tastes, but fans of, say, Slint, who appear criminally briefly, may be bored to tears by five minutes of droning from Portishead. Perhaps best suited as a moving (in both senses) memento for festival- goers, the film has enough memorable moments and mindblowing music to entice newcomers. Just don’t expect to love all of it.

All Tomorrow's Parties screens exclusively at Cinema Nova, Carlton



Release details

Release date:
Thursday June 23 2011
82 mins

Cast and crew

Jonathan Caouette

Users say