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Courtney Barnett announces new documentary ‘Anonymous Club’

Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett is to be the subject of a brand new documentary which is due to track her rise to critical success and international fame while offering a glimpse into her somewhat shy personality.

Anonymous Club, which is due to be directed by filmmaker Danny Cohen, has been approved due to a successful application for funding was approved by Screen Australia. The major decision was made as part of the organisation’s lucrative $2.5million documentary production funding round.

Cohen, who has previously collaborated with Barnett on a number of official music videos, took the documentary name from the musician’s ‘How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose’ track from 2013. According to a press release, the film explores “the inner life of the notoriously shy artist amidst her significant rise to fame”.

In regards to the funding release, Screen Australia’s Head of Documentary, Bernadine Lim said, “Documentaries offer a unique opportunity to hold a mirror up to ourselves and reflect, understand and question. As we come to the end of 2020, a challenging year for so many, it’s clear that these compelling documentaries will shine a light on the important issues facing Australians including mental health, the impact of the devastating bushfires and the environment more broadly.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Indigenous, Penny Smallacombe, added “2020 saw the Black Lives Matter global movement unfold, and here at home the widespread support for Indigenous Lives Matter illustrated the ongoing injustices faced by Indigenous people with regards to the exceptionally high rates of incarceration in Australia, and the devastating Black Deaths in custody that have continued long after the Royal Commission in the 1980s. Incarceration Nation will be vital viewing for all Australian audiences.” 

Courtney Barnett documentary Anonymous Club will be distributed by Film Art Media.