From Depreston to the silver screen

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From Depreston to the silver screen

Jordan McCarthy
Words by Jordan McCarthy

One of Melbourne’s most talented and beloved artists, Courtney Barnett, now has her own feature documentary, with the rock biography Anonymous Club hitting Australian theatres from Thursday March 17.

Anonymous Club promises intimate access to the private life of the ‘Avant Gardener’ hit maker in this feature doco from debut Melbourne based director Danny Cohen.

Over three years the usually introverted Barnett recorded her thoughts and feeling on a Dictaphone for the documentary before her “slow acceptance of Danny Cohens camera” saw her open up and share her vulnerability in all new ways.

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Cohen is excited to share Barnett’s story with a wider audience next month after many years of work went into the doco.

“After three years on (and off) the road, and a blurry few months in the edit suite with legendary editor Ben Hall, it’s wild to think that piece by piece, I’ve documented a story; one of a searching woman, of tremendous personal growth, and limitless talent,” he says. “I’ll be forever grateful to Courtney for this experience, and I’m looking forward to sharing the film with audiences here in Australia and internationally.”

Barnett fans are set to enjoy hearing plenty of Courtney’s material throughout the film, however, Executive Producer Sue Maslin promises that the documentary will offer “so much more than just her extraordinary music”, following Barnett on a voyage of self-discovery.

“She takes us on a journey through a confusing and at times dark period in her life where she ultimately finds a sense of purpose in her creativity – even if she hasn’t worked everything out,” she says. “We have all been through bumpy times over the past couple of years and her story is a tonic, told with the honesty and humour we could all use a bit more of right now”.

The release of Anonymous Club is set to coincide with Barnett’s Australian tour of recently released hit album Things Take Time, Take Time. Information below.

Watch the trailer for Anonymous Club here, with the doco set to screen in all states and territories. You will find it at these locations across Victoria:

Classic Elsternwick, Lido Hawthorn, Cinema Nova, Cameo Belgrave, Palace Pentridge, Palace Kino, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Sun Theatre and Thornbury Picture House.

Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time Tour

With special guest Alice Skye

Presented by Chugg Entertainment, Frontier Touring, Penny Drop and Village Sounds

Thursday 10 March – The Astor | Perth, WA – All Ages

Thursday 17 March – SOLD OUT The Forum | Melbourne, VIC – 18+

Friday 18 March The Forum | Melbourne, VIC – 18+

Friday 25 March Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW – 18+

Saturday 26 March The Tivoli | Brisbane, QLD – 18+

Tickets on-sale now via