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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 2002 Film Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Nominees • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

“It’s what I have to work with.”

Adapted from the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of an East German rock star on a journey of self-discovery. Directed by and starring John Cameron Mitchell, the film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue the 2002 Film Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Nominees series with a conversation about Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

With standout performances from Mitchell as well as Michael Pitt and Miriam Shore, Hedwig wrestles with difficult questions around gender that still resonate today. While our opinions differ on certain story elements, both agree the trailblazing musical remains an artful and subversive work.

We discuss some musical numbers, the complex journeys of Hedwig, Yitzhak, and ‘antagonist’ Tommy Gnosis, as well as supporting roles from Andrea Martin and Stephen Trask. Debates emerge around how the film brings its story to a close through dreamlike imagery. Both come to appreciate Hedwig even more through discussing its timeless message of self-acceptance.

With weighty themes balanced with humor and rock, the film leaves much to contemplate. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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