“Showtunes are the best soundtrack for tough times.”
– Hillary Rodham Clinton
In this groundbreaking new film, director Mark Dooley delves into the psychology of the most extreme Broadway superfans, to reveal the quirks and complexities of their obsessions.
For some people, Broadway musicals are merely frivolous entertainment, a fun way to spend a few hours. For others, they’re an all-consuming obsession, a way of life and even the key to their fans’ 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 the 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.
“All the things you might be judged for in the real world don’t matter here. In the theatre, you are simply part of the human race, having a shared experience.”
– Mark Dooley
Filmed on Broadway, in London’s West End, Bochum in Germany, and Australia’s Melbourne and Brisbane over a five-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.
The film screened at Doc Edge Festival 2019.
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Repeat Attenders producer Jill Macnab was a guest at the Doc Edge Forum.
Previous festival appearances for Repeat Attenders include
DOC NYC, USA
||Director Mark Dooley presented Repeat Attenders
and took part in Q&A sessions at the following screenings:
Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre | 31 May | 4:30 PM
Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre | 1 June | 8:45 PM