White Noise

Indoor Screening

A&I Hall
Wednesday 20 January 2021 | 8.00 pm

USA | 2020 | 94 mins
Director: Daniel Lombroso
Rated: M

Australian Premiere – The Atlantic’s first feature documentary is the definitive inside story of the movement that has come to be known as the alt-right.

With unprecedented access, White Noise tracks the rise of far-right nationalism by focusing on the lives of three of its main proponents: Mike Cernovich, a conspiracy theorist and sex blogger turned media entrepreneur; Lauren Southern, an anti-feminist, anti-immigration YouTube star; and Richard Spencer, a white-power ideologue.

Directed and shot by Daniel Lombroso in his directorial debut, this film takes the viewer into the terrifying heart of the movement — explosive protests, riotous parties, and the rooms where populist and racist ideologies are refined, weaponized, and injected into the mainstream.

Just as the alt-right comes to prominence, infighting tears the movement apart. Lawsuits mount and internecine fights erupt, but even as the alt-right fractures, its once-marginalized ideas find a foothold in mainstream discourse; in Republican politics; in the establishment right-wing press, especially Fox News — and on the world’s biggest social-media platforms.

As white-nationalist violence surges in America and across the world, White Noise represents an urgent warning about the power of extremism, and where it’s going next.

Lively and disturbing. ‘White Noise’ is a deadly serious movie, but it is also, in a certain way, a funny one, because it captures the comedy of how much trouble even the influencers of hate now have squaring their lives with their belief systems. It takes reality to create characters as rivetingly contemptible as these.