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FREAKSCENE : THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR.

FREAKSCENE : THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR.

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FREAKSCENE : THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR.

  • Directed by Philipp Reichenheim
  • Starring J Mascis, Lou Barlow, Murph, Kim Gordon, Bob Mould
  • 2021 | 82mins | USA, Germany | rated (15)

FREAKSCENE - THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR. is a homage to one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which inspired the rock scene, including Nirvana and Sonic Youth, in the 1990s. Their style and unmistakable sound, later referred to as "Grunge", laid the foundation for the entire "Slacker" culture of Generation X. It is also the story of the eloquent and eccentric guitarist and bandleader J. Mascis, the bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph, and a band that insanely does not talk to each other. Communication takes place exclusively through music, although filmmaker Philipp Reichenheim nevertheless manages to make the closed and shy icons speak. An emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy rollercoaster ride by a dysfunctional family, Dinosaur Jr.


“Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. is a rough and ready portrait of three musicians who have always done things their own way… It’s an intelligent film that chooses its interviewees wisely, picking those who add to the story and not just celebrities for their fame. Sit back, strap in, and enjoy the ride.” Film Review – Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. – Backseat Mafia


“the grainy visuals and performance footage give a good sense of the times while also making a case for Dinosaur Jr’s continued relevance” ★★★ Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman Film reviews: The Guilty | Next Door | Freakscene | Oliver Sacks: His Own Life | The Scotsman