★★★★★ | Hedwig And The Angry Inch
I’ve got to say, I’m not a big fan of film musicals, but when I was introduced to Hegwig and the Angry Inch, this all changed.
I’m a huge fan of John Cameron Mitchell, who plays the lead: Hegwig, a transexual entertainer who changes sex in order to leave a segregated war torn Germany for a life of stardom (she hoped) in the USA.
The film follows Hegwig and her merry bunch of band mates following Tommy Gnosis, a world famous rock star, whom she wrote songs with, before he got famous. Gnosis, once famous, denies Hegwig’s existence.
The music is bitter sweet, with toe thumpers: Wig In A Box and thought provoking ballads, like The Origin Of Love.
At the core of this bright and brilliantly directed piece is a sad iconic transexual, whose hair (slightly resembling a late Farah Fawcett) is looking for recognition, both for her music and for her Angry Inch…
The soundtrack is a sound buy!
The editor and chief of THEGAYUK. All in a previous life wrote and produced songs on multi-platinum records.