Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician

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Released 2001

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2001
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Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician is a 2001 comedy from acclaimed music video director Steve Hanft. In the dog-eat-dog world of the Los Angeles music scene, a young musician needs a special edge to be succesful. Chance (Rory Cochrane) has finally found that edge in the futuristic '69 "Molotron" synthesizer keyboard that is responsible for his signature sound. The keyboard gets him the gig-keyboardist for the punk/dub band Future Pigeon and the heart of lead singer Beth Orton (Beth Orton). But when misfortune strikes and the '69 Molotron is stolen before the band goes on tour, Chance and his best friend, Ross Angeles (Ross Harris), are forced to track down the mysterious instrument through the pages of the Southlander, the premiere classifieds for L.A. musicians. Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician presents Chance's surreal adventure through the L.A. music scene, featuring cameos and performances from Beck, Hank Williams III, Motherchild and many more.

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  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    A slackly paced but modestly diverting trifle, with cameos by recording artists Beck, Beth Orton and Hank Williams III to elevate the hipper-than-thou quotient.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    This poorly acted, ramshackle tour of the lower echelons of the Los Angeles rock scene has the feel of a largely improvised home movie filmed without retakes, and its sense of humo...

  • 25

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    Mystifyingly bad given the talent involved, Southlander is an in-jokey, hipster escapade that appears to have been made on a drunken weekend because there was nothing better to do.

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