The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Hedwig and The Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the post-punk, neo-glam rock odyssey your soul’s been yearning for, screening as part of our LGBTQ Pride Month series!

Adapted from the musical of the same name, the movie follows Hedwig, an “internationally ignored” gender-queer rocker born in divided Berlin. Escaping from her native East Germany, she tours the U.S. with cheap gigs in search of fame and success. As she pursues an ex-lover who made it big by stealing her songs, Hedwig tries to make sense of her past trauma and relationships and find the fulfillment that she’s been looking for all her life.

Journeying through love, longing, and pain, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is filled with both tenderness and humor in a true testament to the transcendent power of rock and roll.


“A ball of gender confusion, Biblical allegories and Eastern European politics -one of those would be a tricky subtext for a 90-minute rock opera– the songs marry Jim Steinman’s grandeur to the Stooges’ sweat and spit, with a deft, tender screenplay.”The Film Yap

“A personal catharsis turned communal comfort, dressed in drag.” Vanity Fair

“An eclectic assortment of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study.” — Criterion