John Cameron Mitchell

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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 “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as inhabiting a “beautiful gender of one.” The film tells Hedwig’s story through her music, an eclectic assortment 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.

Film Info

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco
  • New conversation among members of the cast and crew
  • New conversation between composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the soundtrack
  • Documentary from 2003 tracing the development of the project
  • Close look at the film’s Adam and Eve sequence
  • New programs exploring Hedwig's creation, look, and legacy through its memorabilia
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Mitchell and DeMarco
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek, and (on the Blu-ray) portraits of Hedwig by photog­rapher Mick Rock, illustrations by animator Emily Hubley, and excerpts from two texts that inspired the film: Plato’s Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas

Cover by Eric Skillman, based on a photo by Miguel Villalobos

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco
  • New conversation among members of the cast and crew
  • New conversation between composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the soundtrack
  • Documentary from 2003 tracing the development of the project
  • Close look at the film’s Adam and Eve sequence
  • New programs exploring Hedwig's creation, look, and legacy through its memorabilia
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Mitchell and DeMarco
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek, and (on the Blu-ray) portraits of Hedwig by photog­rapher Mick Rock, illustrations by animator Emily Hubley, and excerpts from two texts that inspired the film: Plato’s Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas

Cover by Eric Skillman, based on a photo by Miguel Villalobos

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Cast
John Cameron Mitchell
Hedwig
Andrea Martin
Phyllis Stein
Michael Pitt
Tommy Gnosis
Stephen Trask
Skszp
Theodore Liscinski
Jacek
Michael Aronov
Schlatko
Miriam Shor
Yitzhak
Ben Mayer-Goodman
Hansel (six years old)
Alberta Watson
Hansel's mom
Gene Pyrz
Hansel's dad
Karen Hines
Tommy’s publicist
Max Toulch
Goth Menses boy
Maurice Dean Wint
Sergeant Luther Robinson
Ermes Blarasin
Fat man
Sook Yin Lee
Kwahng-Yi
Maggie Moore
Trailer-park neighbor
Renate Options
Hooker
Credits
Director
John Cameron Mitchell
Written for the screen by
John Cameron Mitchell
Adapted from a work for the stage, text by
John Cameron Mitchell
Adapted from a work for the stage, music and lyrics by
Stephen Trask
Producer
Christine Vachon
Producer
Pamela Koffler
Producer
Katie Roumel
Executive producer
Michael DeLuca
Executive producer
Amy Henkels
Music, lyrics, and original score by
Stephen Trask
Executive producer
Mark Tusk
Original score by
Stephen Trask
Director of photography
Frank G. DeMarco
Editor
Andrew Marcus
Production designer
Thérèse DePrez
Costume designer
Arianne Phillips
Hedwig’s hair and makeup by
Mike Potter
Animation sequences and artwork by
Emily Hubley
Executive music producer
Alex Steyermark
Line producer
Colin Brunton
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker
Cast
Rob Campbell

From The Current

Undoing the Binarchy in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Undoing the Binarchy in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Members of the cast and crew of Hedwig and the Angry Inch discuss the film’s defiant approach to questions of identity and politics.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: She Sings the Body Electric
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: She Sings the Body Electric

A work of rapturous energy, John Cameron Mitchell’s beloved debut feature is a freewheeling rock-and-roll musical suffused with heartbreak and pleasure.

By Stephanie Zacharek