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Following the film’s World Premiere at Sundance earlier this year and Groovescooter's recent Australian Premiere, Sydney DEVOtees now have one more chance to see this fast-paced, career-spanning new film about the famed Ohio situationists. BYO Energy Dome! In his new film, acclaimed director Chris Smith captures the gloriously radical spirit that is DEVO – a rare band founded by a philosophy; a Dada experiment of high art meets low, hellbent on infiltrating American popular culture. Through never-before-seen archival footage and new interviews with Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale, DEVO the documentary relishes in the ups, downs, surrealist situations and incredible performances of a 50-year career, embracing the spectacle of the band from their lo-fi beginnings to pioneers of the music video MTV’s early days.

“Packaged in a dizzying barrage of imaginative visuals and infectious music that’s almost overwhelming — in the best possible way.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Every bit as fun as its subject”


“…Embodies the band’s raucous spirit... [and] the same sense of mischief and Dadaist sensibility, that made Devo so alluring in the first place.”


Why You Should See This Film

Full of terrific, often funny, stories, band members are open with their memories and archives, charting their origins as Kent State University arts students shaped by the activism of the late 1960s. Following the 1970 massacre on their campus, the band’s concept of cultural De-Evolution turned from satirical humour to urgent social commentary, and what began as subversive counterprogramming to KSU’s 1973 arts festival would go on to warn of, comment on, and reflect back the absurdism of the late 20th century. Finding mainstream success at the height of 1980s consumerism, Devo soundtracked the De-Evolution they’d long predicted – and in turn influenced a 21st century they’d have never believed possible

Chris Smith
Mark Mothersbaugh, Jerry Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh
93 minutes

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