The release of Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, rocketed the musician to stardom: late night show performances, sold-out tours, and a slew of award nominations.
Anonymous Club, an honest portrait of Barnett following her subsequent album release, isn’t really about stardom. Frequently driven by Barnett’s reflective voiceover, the film recalls the confessional, personal tone of her records. Her mental health is at the forefront; she finds herself crying on stage and stumbling through promotional interviews.
This isn’t a lament. The documentary, directed by Barnett’s frequent collaborator Danny Cohen, adopts its subject’s easy-going, Sunday morning energy. Anonymous Club is an inviting and intimate insight into the challenges of being a rock star, but it also reminds its audience just why Barnett is a star in the first place.