Late American extreme punk rock musician GG Allin is best remembered for his notorious live performances, which often featured transgressive acts such as self-mutilation, eating his own faeces and attacking the audience. In 1993, he died of a heroin overdose. Thanks to The Allins, we meet his two remaining family members: mother Arleta; and brother Merle, who is still active in GG Allins’ old backing band The Murder Junkies. From award-winning director Sami Saif, the film opens on the 20th anniversary of GG’s death, when his headstone is removed from the cemetery in New Hampshire. Merle accuses both the town police and priest of being behind it, but Arleta, tired of fans vandalising her son's grave, is actually the culprit. She wants to preserve GG’s memory, but Merle is afraid that it will disappoint the visiting fans and dampen his business. Focusing on a mother-son duo struggling with the ghosts of their past, The Allins paints a blistering portrait of an extraordinary loving family honouring their lost loved one in their own uniqe way. Brave, bold and unfiltered, the film also stands as a testament to the loss-fuelled human need to create our own versions of the past in order to move towards a brighter future.
The Allins | Dir. Sami Saif | Documentary | 74mins | Denmark | 2016 | Sydney Premiere
"Wipes the shit off the retro canvas and paints a poignant portrait of GG’s family life."