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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but revisionist history at its best....or worst, 20 Sep 2006
This review is from: Dig! [DVD] (DVD)
'Dig' is a clever film made by clever people. It seems to me that it's main aim is to make Anton Newcombe look like a total loser - choosing his 'nemesis' Courtney Taylor-Taylor as the narrator can surely have no other interpretation. However, as with so much hubris the very concept turns itself on its head. Anton and his band come out of this looking like the musical revolutionaries and geniuses that they are, and Courtney and his Dandy Warhols come out of it looking like, well, like the pompous, self-important pseuds that they are.

Think about it, this film was made over 7 years. That's a pretty long time - I reckon if someone filmed any of us for 7 years they could come up with 90 minutes of behaviour like Anton's in 'Dig'. So it's not really that clever to offer this film as an accurate portrayal of his character. Ask yourself this - if Anton was really as wacked out as this film suggests, would my CD shelf be stuffed full of so many BJM CD's? And every one of those albums and singles has been the product of a lot of hard work from Anton himself principally. Go to the band's website and view the mass of downloadable material - is this further evidence of chaos and a drug-addled loser? I think not.

This is a good film, but think of it as an aspect of Anton and the BJM, a small but fairly important aspect. An aspect that glosses over his undoubted and prodigious talent, and the ability to find talented people to work with him. What is funny is how sad the DW's seem, and particularly Mr Taylor-Taylor (whoever told him that a double-barrelled same name was cool?). Not only is his narration about as fey as you can get, but he and his band just seem so desperate to be rock stars - the antithesis of what Anton Newcombe is about. Well, they got their wish, thanks to a phone ad!

My advice, for what it's worth, is to get the film, watch it and feel amused. And thank heavens for some publicity for Anton and the BJM! But, and this is a big but, don't buy the tawdry UK Tartan version - get the cheaper US 2-disc release that has some fantastic extras on it - all of which are absent from Tartan's niggardly but expensive release.

Long live Anton Newcombe!
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