A story composed of archival materials about the rebirth of the New York alternative scene at the outset of the 21st century. Insightful, surprising and edited with the energy of a rock music video. Not just for fans of The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Interpol – though for them, it’s a must-see.
There’s a montage early on in Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s documentary “Meet Me in the Bathroom” that is bound to give any geriatric millennial pause. The year is 1999. It’s New Year’s Eve in New York City. President Bill Clinton is speaking on television, full of optimism for the new century, while doomsday preppers stock up on ammo in anticipation of the Y2K bug plunging the world into a technological dark age. With the Twin Towers looming peacefully in the background and nary a cell phone in sight, five Manhattanites barely out of their teens are poised to emerge as the saviors of rock and roll, which as far as anyone knows will continue to occupy the center of popular music for years to come.
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Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern are a British directing duo who also perform as a thirtytwo. They are creators of advertisements, short films and music videos for Björk, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand as well as authors of documentaries on Blur (the Grammy-nominated No Distance Left to Run) and LCD Soundsystem. Their short feature, The Gun, is set in a world familiar to viewers from the hit series Planet of the Apes.
2010 No Distance Left To Run (doc.)
2012 Zamknij się i graj / Shut Up and Play the Hits (doc.)
2013 Azis Ansari: Buried Alive (TV Special)
2014 The Gun (short)
2022 Meet Me in the Bathroom (doc.)