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DIG! – Review


This is a feature length documentary shot over seven years about Anton
Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Courtney Taylor,
the head of The Dandy Warhols. The film shows how their friendship
turned into bitter rivalry. It also depicts the rise and fall of the two
bands as one (BMJ) stuck to its non conformist roots while the other
succumbed to commercialism by securing a record deal.


This is like watching a car crash – it’s scary and horrific but you
simply can’t look away.
Shot on video it’s absolutely gripping watching Anton Newcombe self
destruct on drugs and blow away his band?s chances of making it to the
big time while starting a hate campaign against The Dandys as their star
starts to rise. The Blur/Oasis like feud is hysterical because no one
has ever heard of the two groups so it’s completely pointless. Of the
two front men Newcombe is the more talented and so it’s criminal the way
he just sabotages his chances to become successful especially when a
record producer puts his reputation and job on the line to help him.
This is a fascinating look at the music business and what it takes to
make it.

DIG! Opens on 1 July 2005

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