Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About Idles

Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About IDLES

Mark Archer | 2020 | United Kingdom | 75 min.

Crazy confessional self-portrait, in which the Bristol rock quintet, Idles, explains how feeling like outcasts with no future fuelled their indie success story and an unconventional emotional bond with their fans.

Despite their wild, out-of-the-box image, in their songs, noise-rockers Idles have not only not hidden, but have actively expressed their vulnerabilities and insecurities. In addition to reviewing the group’s brilliant history, in this intense, direct and unpretentious documentary, singer Joe Talbot and bassist Adam ‘Dev’ share their own experiences between interviews, home videos and touring scenes: families battered by alcoholism, the death of the mothers of two members during the recording of their first album, the death of a daughter in childbirth… And they give voice to their community of fans, constituted on social networks rather like a therapy group. Beyond the adventures and the overwhelming personality of the group, there are musings about friendship, masculinity, violence and social exclusion as seeds of creativity, seeking self-affirmation and positivity under rocks, compassion as an antidote against hatred and cynicism. And fun as an act of resistance.

Starring: IDLES


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