- Year: 2020
- Duration: 105min
- Certificate: TBC
- Type: Film
David Byrne’s American Utopia at Hudson Theatre in NYC played to sold-out, record-breaking houses. The show saw Byrne team with 11 musical artists from around the world performing songs from his 2018 album of the same name, along with classics from Talking Heads and his solo career. The show drew raves for its design, musicality and political urgency – covering democracy, black lives matter, civic and cultural engagement – and Spike Lee proves the perfect cinematic foil as director, keeping the approach spare and focussed but never two dimensional. This is a joyful, charged, musical ebullience onstage/screen, while the iconic director behind the camera lens also lends another layer to the show’s strong political relevance. [Advised Cert 15]
Warning: this film contains strobe lighting.