With this trailblazing musical, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask brought their signature creation from stage to screen for a movie as unclassifiable as its protagonist. Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig (Mitchell) undergoes a traumatic personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an âinternationally ignoredâ but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as a âbeautiful gender of one.â The film tells Hedwigâs life story through her music, an eclectic collection of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a tribute to the transcendent power of rock and roll.
Audio commentary from 2001 featuring John Cameron Mitchell and Frank DeMarco
New conversation between members of the cast and crew, including John Cameron Mitchell, Frank DeMarco, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, hairstylist and makeup artist Michael Potter, animator Emily Hubley, actor Miriam Shor, and visual consultant Miguel Villalobos
Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003), an eighty-five-minute documentary tracing the development of the project from its beginnings in a New York club to its theatrical premiere at the Sundance Film Festival
New conversation between Stephen Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the filmâs soundtrack
From the Archives, a new program exploring Hedwigâs production and legacy through its memorabilia
Deleted scenes with commentary by John Cameron Mitchell and Frank DeMarco
An essay by Stephanie Zacharek, along with production photos by Michael Potter and costume designer Aria