Doco Exploring Iconic 90s Alt-Rock Bands In NYC Finally Comes To Aus

9 March 2023 | 11:55 am | Emma Whines

Featuring artists like Interpol, The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Meet Me In The Bathroom' explores the rebirth of music within New York In the 90s, and how this new wave of alternative rock reverberated around the world.

Photo Credit: Robbie Busch

Photo Credit: Robbie Busch

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The iconic documentary that explores the rebirth of rock music in the 90s is finally about to hit Australian shores. After doing the rounds at international film festivals and gaining a cult following, Australian rock music lovers have their chance to witness this unique spectacle. 

Based on a book by Lizzy Goodman, one-of-a-kind doco Meet Me In The Bathroom delves deep into the history of alternative rock in the 90s, which fostered some of the most influential bands that have existed within the genre. Featuring never-before-seen footage of iconic artists, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes, Interpol and LCD Soundsystem, fans will be able to garner a new understanding of this extremely magical time in music history. Watch the trailer below. 

Directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace (“Blur: No Distance Left To Run”, “Shut Up And Play The Hits”) were intent on making a film that immersed you in the chaotic time of the late 90s/early 2000s, saying: 

"Meet Me in the Bathroom is an experiential film. It’s a film that situates the audience in a specific time and place and avoids the interruptions of its principal characters twenty years later. Our aim is to immerse people in the late nineties and early aughts and not to break that spell by featuring the kind of retrospective talking heads interviews or cultural commentators so often found in music documentaries.

"As such ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ is constructed entirely from audio interviews and raw, contemporaneous archive; including the personal archives of the featured artists and their contemporaries, found footage, DV tapes unearthed from the shelves and storage units of New York music fans, cultural artefacts of a time and place on the cusp of seismic change.

"It was a dream to embrace the scuzzy, collaged aesthetic of that period, and a surprise to find that twenty years on the crude look of early digital video has an evocative quality akin to the way super 8 made us feel back then.

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"Importantly, the film is a love letter to a city that means a lot to us. ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ is an evocation of the mythological quality New York has for artists and those that want to create."

Kicking off in cinemas all around Australia and New Zealand on March 16th at a wealth of different cinemas, including major outlet Event Cinemas, fans can have the chance to witness the last great romantic age of Rock ‘n’ Roll, featuring some of the biggest personalities and hits, and a wealth of never-before-seen archive footage. 

The Music is also able to offer an exclusive giveaway for our dedicated Sydney readers that includes 5 x double passes to Meet Me In The Bathroom at the stunning Golden Age Cinema on Monday, 20th March, at 6pm.  

Click here to find out more info on how to win 5 x double passes available for the Sydney screening.

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