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Dig! -- A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.
Dig! -- A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.


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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Anton Newcombe ... Himself

Courtney Taylor-Taylor ... Himself

Joel Gion ... Himself
Matt Hollywood ... Himself
Peter Holmstrom ... Himself
Zia McCabe ... Herself
Brent DeBoer
Eric Hedford ... Himself
Dean Taylor ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Dandy Warhols ... Themselves
Jeff Davies ... Himself
Frankie Emerson ... Himself
Erik Gavriluk ... Himself
Nic Harcourt ... Himself
Kristen Kerr ... Herself

David LaChapelle ... Himself

Genesis P-Orridge ... Himself (Interviewee) (as Genesis P'Orridge)
Miranda Lee Richards ... Herself
Adam Shore ... Himself
Michele Costa ... Herself (uncredited)
Peter Hayes ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Ondi Timoner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ondi Timoner 

Produced by
Jeff Frey .... associate producer
Vasco Nunes .... co-producer
Tim Rush .... associate producer
David Timoner .... co-producer
Ondi Timoner .... executive producer
Ondi Timoner .... producer
Cinematography by
Vasco Nunes 
David Timoner 
Ondi Timoner 
Film Editing by
Ondi Timoner 
Sound Department
Greg Faust .... sound re-recording mixer
Noa Winter Lazerus .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Evan Edelist .... digital intermediate
Camera and Electrical Department
Sandy Wilson .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Shannon Baker .... assistant editor
Tim Rush .... additional editing
John Sterneman .... executive in charge of post-production
Wilson Tai .... on-line editor
David Timoner .... additional editor
Other crew
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Ashley Hughes .... production assistant
Kristy Ryan .... promotions manager: Australia
John Babbitt .... thanks
Mamie McCall .... special thanks
Danielle Parsons .... thanks

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Rated R for language and drug use
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Ireland:16 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A few words mostly about the DVD commentaries, 19 November 2005
Author: UncleBobMartin from Jigoku West, a.k.a. Las Vegas

The movie is about Anton Newcombe. The music and careers of the two bands are simply backdrop. It's only fair that Newcombe have the last word about the film, which at this writing you can find in the "news" section at the brianjonestownmassacre website. I'd link it here but IMDb won't permit it.

Documentarians are limited by what the camera captures, as well as by the need to assemble a cohesive narrative from the somewhat-random occasions when chance has put the camera lens on a sight-line with relevant happenstance. In Dig!, fortune smiled on the Dandy Warhols, capturing their rise to the status of pop-idol candidates, as they formed slickly-produced pop confections for mass consumption, most notably "Bohemian Like You," a song that made them global darlings thanks to a Euro cell phone ad.

No such luck for Brian Jonestown Massacre. The film captures little of what made the original BJM lineup great, with the sole exception of a single montage, lasting a minute or so, showing Newcombe creating/recording a number of brief instrumental parts, unremarkable in themselves, and concluding the sequence with a playback of the lush, shimmering sounds that had to have been in Newcombe's mind and soul before they could enter the world.

Three commentaries accompany the film; one by the filmmakers, and two by the members of the bands (the BJM track is solely former members, and without Newcombe). Both the Warhols and BJM alumni point up this montage sequence as the "best" bit in the film, and I'd agree that, given the film's focus on Anton Newcombe, it is the only part of the film that sheds proper light on his gift, and seems too brief to lend proper balance to this attempted portrait of the "tortured artist."

Interesting thing about commentaries is that, unlike film, they are recorded in real time -- one long take -- which can be more honestly revelatory than a documentary that takes shape primarily through editing.

The Dandies do not come off well in their comments. If the rock and roll world extends the experience of high school life for its denizens -- as I believe it does -- the Dandies are the popularity-obsessed preppy types, the ones who listen to rock because it's what their peers do, while the BJM crew come off as the half-rejected, half-self-exiled outsiders (to insiders like the Dandies, "losers") that are the real rock spirit. BJM's Joel Gion, who talks a LOT, nails the film's message for me when he says (paraphrasing): "You can't forget that Anton has been able to do the only thing he ever said he wanted to do. Make a lot of great music."

The Dandies, meanwhile, laugh too easily at every outrageous display in the course of Newcombe's meltdown (all the BJM footage here ends at 1997, before Newcombe quit heroin). Courtney Taylor-Taylor's discounting of Newcombe's commitment to his vision is summed up as follows: "He's 37 and still living in his car. You can download all his work at his website. He was so tired of being ripped off by everyone else, he's giving it all away. He could be making a mint." You can practically hear him shaking his head in disbelief.

The film's shortcomings can't be blamed on the filmmakers; rather it's the difficulties of the documentary form, and the loss of cooperation by the film's subject, that makes this portrait of Newcombe so fragmentary. But it's likely the best we will get, outside of his music.

I only rented disc one, which has the feature. Most of the extras are on disc two. Not renting that, as I've put in my order to buy the set.

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