108 mins, USA, 2016, Digital

This film was released  18th November 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★ Irish Times

★★★★ Guardian

This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a showcase for two very different sides of director Jim Jarmusch; competition entry Paterson (opening on Friday November 25th) is a contemplative slice of American life, whilst Gimme Danger is an invigorating, warts-and-all look at proto-punk legends The Stooges.

Exploding out of Michigan in the late ‘60s, Iggy Pop and The Stooges arguably altered the course of popular music with their savage and endlessly influential fusion of rock, blues, R&B and free jazz, with Iggy’s demonic, sinewy stage presence becoming instantly iconic. Focusing on the rise and fall (and late career resurgence) of the band, rather than Iggy’s hugely successful solo career, Jarmusch mixes expertly chosen, speaker-challenging archival footage of the band’s live performances with candid interviews from surviving members, with Iggy proving a witty and insightful interviewee. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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