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Dir. Nicolas Drolc, Gisella Albertini, Massimo Scocca, 2020, France, 96 min
A comprehensive portrait of the legendary art-punk outfit from Edinburgh whose confrontational lyrical stylings, explosive creativity and commitment to deconstructionism have elicited comparisons with Ween, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, The Fall and even satirist Jonathan Swift. Led by eccentric frontman Ben Wallers - also known as ‘The Rebel’ - Country Teasers roared out of the 90s with a sound that has been described as ‘evil country’, a provocative, ironic noise unleashed in notoriously anarchic live shows that blur the line between drunken unprofessionalism and performance art. In an attempt to pin down their chaotic energy, This Film Shouldn’t Exist blends old and new unreleased live footage with interviews with Wallers and former bass player and successful playwright Simon Stephens, plus appearance from scene experts like Eric Friedl, Greg Cartwright and Jack Yarber from lo-fi garage trio the Oblivians, Tim Warren of garage-punk label Crypt Records, and Pat Morgan and David R. Edwards of Datblygu, one the most influential bands in modern Welsh-language music and Wallers’ artistic heroes.
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