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Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over

Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over

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Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over

Lydia Lunch will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A with the audience!

In the late 1970s, 16-year-old Lydia Koch fled the boredom of Rochester for the bankrupt sewer of New York City. Armed with a willingness to do whatever to survive, she transformed herself into Lydia Lunch—punk rock provocateur and psycho-sexual transgressive fronting the art-noise band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, a cornerstone of NYC’s No Wave movement. That scene imploded, but unlike her mostly forgotten male peers, Lunch harnessed brutal self-expression as a way of life, collaborating musically in dozens of iterations (8 Eyed Spy, Sonic Youth, and Big Sexy Noise) working in films, authoring books, and building a reputation as a fearless spoken word artist, fighting for the rights of women to seek pleasure, overthrow the patriarchy, and say “Fuck You” as loudly as any man. Director and long-time confidant Beth B does a magnificent job organizing the madness, capturing both the historical sleaze of NYC punk and the glorious power of Lunch onstage today. Hovering somewhere between dominatrix and rock goddess, Lydia Lunch is her own greatest work of art, a force of nature who will no doubt continue telling the truth as long as she can scream.

USA, 2019, 75 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Beth B

  • “A truly extraordinary artist.”

    – Anthony Bourdain
  • “A wild and impactful…portrait of a punk rock priestess.”

    – Eleonore Colin, TELERAMA
  • “Whenever the camera is trained on its subject, the effect is nothing short of electric.”

    – Oscar Goff, BOSTON HASSLE
  • “This edgy portrait digs into her rage and rebellion with the same commitment as Lydia herself.”

    – Todd Jorgenson, CINEMALOGUE
  • “She's still acerbic as ever, peppering reminiscences with cutting comments about Madonna and Courtney Love."

    – Sean Burns, NORTH SHORE MEDIA
  • “At 75 minutes, the movie is short and sharp. Lunch continues to look back, and forward, in anger.”

    – Kent Turner, FILM-FORWARD.COM
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