Frank Zappa In His Own Words

12 pm, Saturday 17 September 2016
Factory Theatre, Enmore

Co-presented by Groovescooter
for the Sydney Underground Film Festival

Born in 1940, FRANK ZAPPA – self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer and independent thinker -first transcribed his avant-garde, Varèse-influenced compositions onto paper at fourteen. He only began to write lyrics in his early twenties. Nevertheless, upon the ’66 release of his debut album, FREAK OUT! (with The Mothers Of Invention), he swiftly became the most quotable voice of dissent in popular music. A subtle, skilful montage constructed solely from historic footage, Eat That Question-Frank Zappa in His Own Words is an energetic celebration of this outspoken maestro painstakingly gathered by director Thorsten Schütte from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create this unique 90 minute feature documentary. Following Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death at 52, Eat That Question… seats us right up front from the start; close enough to Zappa to read the flickering emotions in his eyes.

Eat That Question collects disparate concepts and perceptions and unifies them into a riveting film, delivered in my father’s own words. It’s a remarkable history lesson and serves as a gateway into his musical mind.” [Dweezil Zappa]