Dir. Danny Cohen, Australia, 2022, 86 mins
The antithesis of a rock biography, Anonymous Club paints a raw and intimate picture of enigmatic singer-songwriter, Courtney Barnett, an anti-influencer who is a powerful voice for our times, a recluse acclaimed by audiences the world over and a strong female artist in conflict with herself.
The feature documentary project was initiated in 2018 by Danny Cohen, who has been collaborating for many years with the Brit and Grammy-nominated artist, Courtney Barnett, on her award-winning and highly imaginative music videos. Danny spent three years on tour in Europe, the US and Asia and at home in Melbourne filming with Barnett as a one-man crew, shooting on a 16mm camera, customised to record sync sound.
In tandem with filming, at the suggestion of Danny, the notoriously guarded Courtney Barnett kept an audio diary on an analogue Dictaphone. These unmediated reflections capture Courtney’s internal struggles – from her own confidence and self-perfection, to the pressures of fame, to understanding her place in music and as an artist navigating the world around her.