Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over

Always a provocateur, occasionally a chanteuse, frequently a nihilist, Lydia Lunch performs unapologetically with the instincts of a predator.


Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over

LYDIA LUNCH: THE WAR IS NEVER OVER is a deep dive into the life and work of the fearless musician and performer Lydia Lynch that echoes the urgent, aggressive, unapologetic attitude that Lunch inhabits. Lunch hit the late 1970s New York City downtown scene with the band Teenage Jesus And the Jerks, a central pillar of the No Wave music movement. Since then, she has forged paths in the underground film scene as a director, actor, lecturer and women’s empowerment coach, feminist writer and spoken word performer. The film presents her electric body of work with archival footage, vintage photographs and interviews with Lunch and longtime collaborators and admirers. Still actively performing to expose the patriarchy, sexual abuse, cycle of violence, and corporate greed, Lunch continues to tirelessly bring her passionate artistry to the stage - and now to the screen.

Official Selection:
SXSW, DOC NYC, Rotterdam, Sheffield Doc Fest

“A truly extraordinary artist." – Anthony Bourdain

“She’s a legend in her own right.” – Nadja Sayej, Forbes

“A wild and impactful...portrait of a punk rock priestess.
Feminist…avant-garde.” – Telerama

"Lunch’s defiantly unfashionable sort of feminism is the main point of interest in this documentary. Viewers will... marvel at a woman who, at 60, seems just as fierce as she was 40 years ago." -- John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter
Not Rated
Documentary, Women and Film, Music, Rock and Roll, 2021 IDA Documentary Awards Nominees
Beth B
Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times

As short, anarchic and explosive as a punk song, “Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over” remains true to the genre in its approach to the story of the No Wave queen. Indie filmmaker Beth B unites vintage footage of frontwoman Lydia Lunch from her early years leading bands like Teenage Jesus and the ...

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