TURNING captures Antony and the Johnsons in concert collaborating with the filmmaker Charles Atlas (THE LEGEND OF LEIGH BOWERY), celebrating 13 women taking the stage who, like Antony himself, are not easily categorized personas. Whether they are androgynous, transgender, covered in makeup or bare-skinned, what is important is their hard-won humanity, expressed with the transcendent power of Antony’s music. The film takes the viewer into the world of Antony and the Johnsons as they tour their astonishing live concert/performance work, “Turning.” At its center are a series of intimate interviews with the women who performed this extraordinary show with Antony. Their stories combine with Antony’s mesmerizingly emotional songs to create a powerful journey of struggle and hope.
The indelible music of Antony and the Johnsons has won the admiration of Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright, and others. His most recent release, Cut the World, was met with critical acclaim upon release and this past August he curated the UK’s Meltdown Festival with performances from the Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser, Laurie Anderson, Marina Abramovic, Marc Almond, and more.