Meet Me in the Bathroom

Directors: Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace
Origin: UK (2022)
Language: English

Don your skinny jeans and vintage tees for this euphoric ode to New York’s aughts rock renaissance, starring indie darlings The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol and LCD Soundsystem.

The world had survived Y2K, been rattled by 9/11 and was in the grip of the Bush administration’s War on Terror. Meanwhile, in lower Manhattan and a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn, the last great age of rock ’n’ roll was about to boom, led by a gang of electrifying indie bands – The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, The Rapture, The Moldy Peaches – who would soon define the sound of a generation. Following their LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits (MIFF 2012), directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace take us on a journey back to the era of moppy hair, sprayed-on denim and artists so cool you wouldn’t have heard of them.

Based on Lizzy Goodman’s explosive 2017 oral history of the same name, Meet Me in the Bathroom is an eclectic, engrossing documentary that features never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with the likes of The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. From the scene’s early days at the Mercury Lounge to Karen O’s reflections on later objectification, this is a time capsule that’s sure to induce nostalgia in millennial music fans and curiosity among neophytes.

“A tremendous document of one of the most integral musical periods of our time.” – Collider

Please note: MIFF’s full program will launch on Tuesday 12 July. Tickets will be available to MIFF Members from Tuesday 12 July and to the general public from Friday 15 July.

If you require any access service, such as wheelchair/step-free access, for any MIFF session, please email boxoffice@miff.com.au to book your ticket.

Featured Subjects
Interpol, James Murphy/LCD Sounsystem, The Moldy Peaches, The Strokes, Tunde Adebimpe/TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Directors
Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace
Producers
Sam Bridger, Vivienne Perry
Composer
Zebedee Budworth
Editors
Andrew Cross, Sam Rice-Edwards
Premiere Status
Victorian Premiere