Danny Cohen on debut Courtney Barnett doco: ‘it was like creating visual poetry’

From intimate audio diaries to bombastic tour footage, Danny Cohen worked with musician Courtney Barnett to create the antithesis to a rockumentary.

Anonymous Club marks a few firsts: it’s Danny Cohen’s first feature film, and the first music documentary to be made about Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett.

The film is being described as the ‘antithesis’ of a rock biography, and a raw and intimate picture of the enigmatic Barnett. She’s known well as an introvert, yet as a performer is acclaimed by audiences the world over. So how do you go about making a classic tour doco starring a strong female artist in conflict with herself?

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports