You’ve heard her voice. Whether it be from her various TV appearances including Saturday Night Live, regular rotation on college and satellite radio, or acclaimed duets with the likes of Kurt Vile. Since the release of her debut LP in 2015, Grammy-nominated Australian musician Courtney Barnett has spent a lot of time on the road and a lot of time in her head. Through this intimate documentary directed by her longtime collaborator Danny Cohen, we’re privileged to join her in both spaces. But this is not a film about a rise to fame, it’s a window into an examined life.
Barnett lives with constant contradictions: a private person whose living is made through performance, a poet whose words resonate with a global fan base while she herself questions if she has anything to say. In 2018, Cohen challenged Barnett to record an audio diary while on tour. Snippets of her self-recording are matched with a wealth of filmed footage, the visual approach and editing a perfect complement to her observational style: savoring the pedestrian, noticing small moments of beauty, creating a portrait of the artist as she keeps on keeping on.
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