Dir. Ian White
2023, Australia, 98 min
The film, fully authorized by the band’s surviving members and estates, provides a glimpse into another dimension and goes deep inside the psyche and experiences of the band members to chronicle how, over a ten-year period, a group of Australian school friends, led by Nick Cave, jolted audiences awake into Dionysian frenzy with their confrontational, intense performances.
Mutiny In Heaven features never-before-seen archival live music footage and photos, as well never before heard interviews, divulging shocking behind the scenes stories, as it tracks the band’s arc from breakthrough to break-up.
“The greatness of Mutiny in Heaven is that White understands the importance of gory details. Instead of sanitizing things to protect the innocent, the film embraces the darkness and danger that defined the Birthday Party.” – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight
“For the unfamiliar, learning about the power and the fury of the Birthday Party is essential. For Cave completists, this is another thing to collect, albeit from an era that the singer himself does not frequently explore these days.” – David Harris, Spectrum Culture