This eye-opening but disjointed documentary charts the life and hard times of Patty Schemel, once the drummer in Courtney Love’s multi-platinum band Hole, whose fall from grace and spiralling drug addictions led to homelessness and prostitution.
Schemel guides us through her troubles in a series of modern day interviews, interspersed with reams of home movie footage she shot during her rock star heyday of the mid–‘90s.
Although he’s been gifted an engaging and frequently hilarious interview subject, director P David Ebersole arguably spends too much screen time recapping the previously well documented story of Love and her husband, the late Kurt Cobain, with Patty often reduced to a bystander.
When the film does (eventually) focus of Schemel herself it’s a fascinating insight into the pressures of the music biz and a cautionary tale on the toll that life in the fast lane can take.
In cinemas 16 November, out on Peccadillo DVD 26 November