Skip to main content

new york doll

2005 (MIFF 2005, Backbeat: Music on Film)

Director: Greg Whiteley

new york doll
If the catchcry 'fun, chaos and sleaze' announced the raucous arrival of the New York Dolls in 1972, then the title of their second album, [Too Much Too Soon], was a fitting epitaph to their demise. A combination of Iggy Pop's anarchy, Lou Reed's streetwise brutality and more than a pinch of Bowie's camp, they were the kings (queens') of punked-up excess who crashed and burned quicker than a two-chord power riff. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year,[ New York Doll] is the captivating story of the rise, fall and resurrection of this seminal band. But as the title suggests, it is really a portrait of one man, bassist Arthur 'Killer' Kane. Once the Dolls imploded, Kane descended further into drug-induced crisis (as well as from a second-storey window) before being saved by a hand-delivered mail-order book: [The Book of Mormon]. Documentarian and fellow Mormon Greg Whiteley picks up Kane's story in 2004, by which time he is working in a genealogy library at his local Mormon Temple. But while God is a saviour of one kind for Kane, so is Brit singer and Renaissance man Morrissey, who was behind the Dolls' reunion for London's Meltdown Festival.
D Greg Whiteley P Ed Cunningham, Seth Lewis Gordon WS Moviehouse Entertainment TD video/col, B&W/2005/77mins Greg Whiteley was born in Provo, USA. [New York Doll] (MIFF 05) is his first feature documentary.

See also...

LOUDQUIETLOUD: A FILM ABOUT THE PIXIES

Combining punk-influenced rock with a distinctive surf sound and fronted by the off-beat vocals of Black Francis, the Pixies' eclectic style heavily influenced the alternative rock explosion of the ... More »

devil and daniel johnston, the

According to Kurt Cobain, Daniel Johnston was the greatest songwriter on earth. Musician, cult outsider artist and manic depressive, Daniel Johnston's wild behavioural fluctuations, downward-spirals ... More »

AMERICAN HARDCORE

Generally unheralded at the time, the early 80s, hardcore punk rock scene in America gave birth to much of the rock music and culture that followed. There would be no Nirvana, Beastie Boys or Red Hot ... More »

METAL: A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY

“Strong enough to make believers out of non-metalheads, and inside enough to get the devil's-horns salute from the most diehard followers.” - Variety Headbanger-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn ... More »

YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME

“The good music documentaries don't begin by assuming you care; they end by making you.” - Keven McAlester ... Former music journalist, Keven McAlester, portraits one of rock ‘n' roll's most ... More »

malfunkshun

The roots of the 1990s' grunge phenomenon lay in the melding of punk and metal into the stadium-meets-CBGB styling of bands such as Malfunkshun, Green River and Mother Love Bone. Andrew Wood ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director