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Nothing Compares

Directed by Kathryn Ferguson
Ireland, UK
97 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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This intimate doco charts Sinéad O’Connor’s stunning rise to fame and startling rejection of the spotlight, voiced by the determinedly non-conformist Irish singer herself.
In the late 80s and early 90s, Sinéad O’Connor topped the charts globally, with hits like ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and ‘Mandinka’. Five years later, still in her twenties, she was on the outer. O’Connor grew up in a tough Catholic environment; a cruel childhood that informed her music and fuelled her determination. When a music executive asked her to stop wearing her hair short, she shaved her head. She refused to perform if the US national anthem was played first. Death threats followed when she spoke out about abuse in the Catholic church and infamously ripped up a photo of the Pope on Saturday Night Live. Kathryn Ferguson’s portrait of this outspoken artist, selected for Sundance 2022, is packed with revealing footage, her great performances, controversies and tragedies.
Sinéad O’Connor was a fire that went out too fast. Nothing Compares makes you see it’s still burning.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Timing matters when you’re saying things that people aren’t ready to hear, and Nothing Compares frames its subject’s story through the light of retrospect, while capturing the emotional intensity for O’Connor in those early years of her career.
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
To say O’Connor came before her time doesn’t go far enough to describe everything from her look and her spirit to her honesty and sense of social justice. She has always reached in times of trouble: perhaps Nothing Compares will help connect her again.
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
Nothing Compares is a bold re-examination of O’Connor’s all-too-brief window of wider influence, and a searing critique of the sexist and conservative backlash that led to her retreat from public life.
Jude Dry, Indiewire


Sat 11 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Sun 12 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
Ireland, UK
In English
Kathryn Ferguson
Eleanor Emptage, Michael Mallie
Luke Jacobs
Mick Mahon
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Music, Focus on Women, Biography, Late Addition
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Showtime Documentary Films
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