Vancity Theatre screens Nick Cave and the Birthday Party

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Nick Cave & The Birthday Party: Mutiny in Heaven is a documentary on the Melbourne group that took the U.K.’s Batcave scene by storm in the 1980s.

The film screens at the VIFF Centre – Vancity Theatre from Sept. 15 – 23 at various times. Tickets are on sale at viff.org.

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Arriving in London in 1980, the Birthday Party did two things particularly well. The band put on a brilliant and visceral live show, released howling and noisy albums and developed a reputation for “rampant heroin use and fighting with their fans.”

Narrated by band members Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Mick Harvey, Tracey Pew and Phil Calvert, director Ian White’s 99 minute-long documentary is the first to capture this wild combo in all of its sonic glory and plot its formation, rise and demise.

See what came before Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds became global stars.

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