Wednesday, July 13
(2022, DCP, Ireland/UK, 97m) dir Kathryn Ferguson. A feature documentary that tells the story of Sinéad O’Connor’s phenomenal rise to worldwide fame, and how her iconoclastic personality resulted in her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on prophetic words and deeds across a five-year period (1987-1992), the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless trailblazer, through a contemporary feminist lens.
With Sinéad O’Connor’s name, two images may come to mind: an androgynous, ultra-cool buzzed head in a black turtleneck, and a ripped-up photograph of Pope John Paul II. Director Kathryn Ferguson’s documentary Nothing Compares is an excellent primer on the captivating Irish singer’s brief moment of skyrocketing fame and politically-targeted plummet, which goes far further than just aesthetics or controversy to take a dedicated look at the origins of a fascinating, outspoken voice. Through poetic recreation, sharp-tongued archival interviews, and indelible moments of culture-making, Ferguson paints a fascinating portrait of a woman whose freedom was found through her own music.
Narrated by O’Connor, as well as her friends, colleagues, and admirers, the documentary cements O’Connor as a protest singer more than a pop star and reveals a persona that invites newer audiences to celebrate her activism alongside her one-of-a-kind voice. In an era where our relationship to celebrity, especially young women in the spotlight, is facing a reckoning, Nothing Compares mounts a compelling argument for the reassessment of yet another intense, intensely interesting musician demonized far beyond the scope of her actions. Co-Presented by Showtime. MN PREMIERE.