REPEAT ATTENDERS raises the curtain in Palace Cinemas
Australian independent filmmaker, Mark Dooley, is excited to announce the Australian premiere of REPEAT ATTENDERS – a feature-length documentary film that takes us inside the fascinating and unexplored world of musical theatre superfans.
REPEAT ATTENDERS celebrates its Australian premiere in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra as part of the Young at Heart Film Festival at Palace Cinemas.
In this groundbreaking new film, producer/director Mark Dooley delves into the psychology of the most extreme Broadway superfans, to reveal the quirks and complexiAes of their obsessions. For some people, Broadway musicals are merely frivolous entertainment, a fun way to spend a few hours. For others, it’s an all-consuming obsession, a way of life and even the key to their very identity. These superfans are so committed to their favourite show that they return to see that show again and again, hundreds of times over.
REPEAT ATTENDERS shines a spotlight on Broadway superfans and this growing global phenomenon of ‘repeat attending’, as it examines just how far the most extreme superfans will go in pursuit of their passion – some with devastating consequences.
Filmed on Broadway, London’s West End, Bochum Germany and Australia’s Melbourne and Brisbane over a six-year period, REPEAT ATTENDERS introduces us to some of the world’s biggest, most extreme superfans of shows such as CATS, RENT, LES MISERABLES and STARLIGHT EXPRESS.
Mark Dooley said, “Repeat Attenders is a documentary film that introduces the audience to a world where we can escape for a couple of hours. In a theatre you can cry, laugh, connect and heal together despite being surrounded by strangers. Inside a darkened theatre, you are allowed to be who you are, without judgement. All the things you might be judged for in the real world, don’t matter here. Here in the theatre, you are simply part of the human race, having a shared experience. I felt this was a subject worth celebrating, as now more than ever, we need some relief form the uncertainly of what is happening in the world”.
According to Mark Dooley, “Making a feature documentary alone is not an easy task. It either takes hundreds of thousands of dollars, or it takes time”.
The idea for Repeat Attenders was born in 2012 when Dooley first decided he wanted to create a documentary about a subject he knew a lot about (theatre), but a subculture he did not (repeat attenders). In many ways, REPEAT ATTENDERS is a love letter to Broadway superfans everywhere.
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