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Her Smell

Dir: Alex Ross Perry, 2018, USA, 135 mins, Cert 18 TBA

Wed 4 September 2019 // 20:00

Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)

Becky Something, the brilliant and brash frontwoman for the '90s rock band Something She, is foul-mouthed, nihilistic, and incredibly talented. Mother of one, bandmate to two, and friend to none, Becky is at the height of her career and the top of the party game — with only one direction to go.

Drawing from examples of experiential filmmaking by the likes of John Cassavetes and Paul Thomas Anderson, filmmaker Alex Ross Perry whips his characters and sequences into a frenzy of substance abuse and personal combustion as we follow Becky through backstage antics and hostile recording sessions.

Supported by a slew of perfectly cast recognizable faces — including Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, Amber Heard, Virginia Madsen, Dan Stevens, and Eric Stoltz — Elisabeth Moss is a tour de force as Becky, the eye of this hurricane, tearing everything she cares about apart until all that is left is to rebuild.

“Over and above the furious – and ultimately painfully tender – drama, Perry achieves something of a new, grand version of his own cinematic music.” – The New Yorker

“Moss’ oscillating, energy-devouring performance and the real-time composition of Perry’s scenes make it almost impossible to look away.” – New York Magazine

“Absorbing… Once you’re in there, you go with it. Elisabeth Moss’ commitment, and the burnished bravura of her talent, pull you through.” – Variety