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Utter Bliss: Lost in America with the Fat White Family

'You don't see that every night...it's the Fat White Family, everybody.' -- David Letterman

UK punk band, Fat White Family, oozed out of the London DIY scene in 2013 with their self-released album 'Champagne Holocaust'. Founded by the Northern Irish/Algerian Saoudi Brothers, the group quickly became the face of the UK's subversive political and musical underground and gained notoriety amongst fans and the music press as being the last of a dying breed: a punk rock outfit so loud, vulgar, and iconoclastic that they couldn’t be ignored.

This run n' gun documentary follows the controversial group on tour in the U.S. It is an intimate portrait of a band struggling with the music business, drug addiction, poverty, and each other, as they rocket across the great American hinterland. The film features appearances by Fat White Family admirers Lady Gaga, Sean Lennon, Mark Ronson, Cynthia ‘Plaster Caster’ Albritton, and the long, strange American highway.

  • Andrew Zappin
    Director
    The Company Man
  • Andrew Zappin
    Writer
  • Chris McKinley
    Writer
  • Justin Maurer
    Producer
  • Chris McKinley
    Producer
  • Andrew Zappin
    Producer
  • Lias Saoudi
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Saul Adamczewski
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Nathan Saoudi
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Adam Harmer
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Taishi Nagasaka
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Severin Black
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Lady Gaga
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Mark Ronson
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Sean Lennon
    Key Cast
    "self"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Music
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 29, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Andrew Zappin

Andrew is a filmmaker, photographer, and (former) punk musician living in Los Angeles.

He has written, directed, and produced commercials, films, and digital content both independently and for companies such as Yankee Peddler TV, Nike, Inc., and Winkler Films (ROCKY, GOODFELLAS, CREED). His work has screened in competition at international film festivals including the Nashville Film Festival, AFI-Tisch West Screening Series, and the Tribeca Film Festival where he was nominated for a Special Jury Prize.

Andrew is also an experienced photojournalist who has documented bands on tour and covered stories at the intersection of politics, healthcare, and social justice. His photographs have been published online in LA Weekly, the Huffington Post, and Vice Impact and in print in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and in The Sunday Times Bestseller, ‘Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure.’

Andrew recently co-authored a book of photography with UK lensman Duncan Stafford entitled, ‘Fat White Family: Pictures for Our Mothers.’ It was released by Tangerine Press UK this year.

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Director Statement

I make films about misfits, outsiders, and broken toys. I’m drawn to characters who, either by unconscious choice or circumstance, have been marginalized and overlooked; who don’t fit into the mainstream. Against the backdrop of worlds that are atmospheric and unique unto themselves, I envision these characters forced out of their small, familiar lives on journeys of self-discovery that upend notions of who they are and what they are capable of.