Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over

Beth B | 2019 | USA | 79 min.

Deconstruction of the life journey, artistic vision and personal legend of singer, performer, writer, poet and key figure of New York no wave, Lydia Lunch. Sex, sadomasochism and confrontational art.

A shotgun assault, her abusive father’s car on fire amid riots, running away from home as a teenager and a Suicide concert at Max’s Kansas City – the birthplace of New York punk. All this after five minutes of film. There are several ways to tell the story of someone who has pioneered and built her own legend, and it would be all too easy to be condescending. It is not the case with this film, which is erratic, vehement, elegant and scathing. The four decade-long career of one of the most radical voices of no wave, emblematic spoken word figure and prosexual feminist, covers countless stories. Concerts, personal confessions, screaming performances, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks archive, 8 Eyed Spy or 13 13, and the testimonies of Jim Sclavunos (Teenage Jesus, Bad Seeds), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Donita Sparks (L7), the filmmaker Richard Kern, JG Thirlwell (Fetus, Clint Ruin) and the performer Kembra Pfahler paint the candid portrait of an explorer of “female paranoia” who decided to adopt the stage persona of “sadistic murderer with a little girl’s face.”

Starring: Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, Nicolas Jaar, Donita Sparks, JG Thirlwell, Kembra Pfahler, Bob Bert, Carlo McCormick, Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl


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