With this trailblazing musical, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask brought their signature creation from stage to screen for a movie as unclassifiable as its protagonist. Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig (Mitchell) undergoes a traumatic personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an "internationally ignored" but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as a "beautiful gender of one". The film tells Hedwig's life through her music, an eclectic assortment of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study, 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' is a tribute to the transcendent power of rock and roll.
Filmmakers Commentary with John Cameron Mitchell (Director) and Frank DeMarco (Director of Photography)
Whether You Like It Or Not: The Story of Hedwig
Select A Song Feature
English Hard of Hearing
Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco
New conversation among members of the cast and crew
New conversation between composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the film's soundtrack
Documentary from 2003 tracing the development of the project
Close look at the film's Adam and Eve sequence
New programmes exploring Hedwig's creation, look and legacy through its memorabilia
Deleted scenes with commentary by Mitchell and DeMarco
An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek, portraits of Hedwig by photographer Mick Rock, along with, illustrations by animator Emily Hubley, and excerpts from two texts that inspired the film: 'Plato's Symposium' and 'The Gospel of Thomas'
More than just a bunch of blokes in drag...
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch review by Kurtz
If like me you felt nothing but a little uncomfortable when hairy male followers of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” felt compelled to drag on their girlfriends’ underwear, you might have shared my initial misgivings about “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, but two minutes in it’s obvious that this is a completely different beast- Hedwig him/herself, for example is a sublime creation, poignantly played by his/her creator, John Cameron Mitchell, firing killer one-liners and capturing the character’s sadness and dignity even while delivering an infamous “carwash” to unsuspecting audience members- (has to be seen to be believed!) There can’t be many other movies that invoke an unholy mash-up of Plato, Lou Reed and the Tina Turner and still communicate a coherent message…AND THE SONGS REALLY ROCK!!!!!!!! (…and I didn’t even mention Yitzhak, the most unconvincing boyfriend ever…)