Turning (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Atlas
Produced byVibeke Vogel
Lucy Sexton
StarringAntony Hegarty
Music byAntony Hegarty
CinematographyGavin Elder
Edited byÅsa Mossberg
Distributed byBullitt Film, Turning Film LLC
Running time
78 minutes

Turning, full title Turning: A Film by Charles Atlas and Antony is a documentary musical art film by video artist Charles Atlas based on a stage collaboration Atlas had with British-American artist Antony Hegarty and her band The Johnsons.


The film focuses on 13 artists being performance women artists, models, butch lesbians and transsexuals who appeared with Antony and the Johnsons. Each artist rotates slowly on a turntable platform, her features blown up and transfigured on a screen behind the Antony Hegarty and her band The Johnsons with their elegant blend of music. Atlas incorporates the 13 personalities in the film and music through candid shots and playful banter to define his picturesque subjects on screen.[1] It was filmed through various Antony and the Johnsons performances starting in 2004 up to the end of the critically acclaimed tour of Europe by Antony and the Johnsons during the autumn of 2006.[2]

The film pairs a band performance with a video backdrop of superimpositions and time-delay effects. The video uses "13 remarkable women" in the songwriter's words who stand on a revolving platform to the side of the band each with a static pose for the length of a song, staring down the camera in close-up as Charles Atlas superimposes shots from different angles and applies various camera effects.[3]


  • Johanna Constantine
  • Catrina Delapena
  • Honey Dijon
  • Eliza Douglas
  • Connie Fleming
  • Joey Gabriel
  • Joie Iacono
  • Stacey Mark
  • Nomi
  • Kembra Pfahler
  • Morisane Sunny Shiroma
  • Julia Yasuda


  • Antony - vocals, piano
  • Maxim Moston - violin
  • Jeff Langston - bass
  • Rob Moose - guitar, violin
  • Julia Kent - cello
  • Parker Kindred - drums
  • Thomas Bartlett - piano
  • Christian Biegai - horns
  • Will Holshouser - accordion


Soundtrack album by
Released11 November 2014
LabelSecretly Canadian
Antony and the Johnsons chronology
Cut the World
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The Irish Times3/5 stars[7]
Loud and Quiet8/10[8]
Pitchfork Media7.3/10[10]
Record Collector4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]
Under the Radar7.5/10 stars[14]

The soundtrack was recorded at The Barbican Centre, London on 4–5 November 2006 with all music composed and arranged by Antony and performed by Antony and the Johnsons. It was officially released on 11 November 2014 on Secretly Canadian record label.

All tracks written by Antony and the Johnsons.

No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Everything Is New"Swanlights4:49
2."My Lord My Love"Thank You for Your Love (EP)3:18
3."Cripple and the Starfish"Antony and the Johnsons5:15
4."For Today I Am a Boy"I Am a Bird Now3:32
5."Where Is My Power?"Epilepsy Is Dancing (single)5:31
6."Spiralling"I Am a Bird Now3:57
7."Find the Rhythm of Your Love"Swanlights (EP)6:02
8."I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy"I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy (EP)4:28
9."Bird Gerhl"I Am a Bird Now3:22
10."Kiss My Name"The Crying Light4:09
11."Daylight and the Sun"The Crying Light5:43
12."One Dove"The Crying Light6:28
13."Hope There's Someone"I Am a Bird Now4:42
14."Twilight"Antony and the Johnsons5:57
15."You Are My Sister"I Am a Bird Now4:14
16."Whose Are These"Whose Are These / Tears Tears Tears (single)2:48
17."Tears Tears Tears"Whose Are These / Tears Tears Tears (single)2:31
Total length:76:46

+ Digital booklet


Chart (2014)
  • Peak
  • position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 67
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 100
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 70
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 146


  1. ^ Time Out: Turning review, Nov 13, 2014
  2. ^ Kaltblut magazine: Antony and the Johnsons – Turning
  3. ^ Hollywood Reporter: Film/video experimentalist Charles Atlas crafts a feature doc from his lauded collaboration with Antony Hegarty
  4. ^ "Turning [Live] – Antony and the Johnsons". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Deming, Mark. "Turning – Antony and the Johnsons". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  6. ^ James, Gareth (November 13, 2014). "Antony And The Johnsons – Turning". Clash. Music Republic Ltd. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Carroll, Jim (November 7, 2014). "Antony & the Johnsons: Turning". The Irish Times. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  8. ^ F. Thompson, James (November 2014). "Turning by Antony & The Johnsons". Loud and Quiet. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Van Nguyen, Dean (November 9, 2014). "Antony And The Johnsons – 'Turning'". NME. Inspire. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  10. ^ Haver Currin, Grayson (November 11, 2014). "Antony and the Johnsons: Turning". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  11. ^ Whitelock, Ed (November 12, 2014). "Antony & the Johnsons: Turning: A Musical Documentary". PopMatters. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  12. ^ Atkins, Jamie. "Antony & the Johnsons – Turning". Record Collector. Diamond Publishing. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  13. ^ Weiner, Sophie (November 11, 2014). "Antony and the Johnsons Turning Album Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  14. ^ Moayeri, Lily (November 21, 2014). "Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas: Turning (Secretly Canadian)". Under the Radar. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Antony & the Johnsons – Turning" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Antony & the Johnsons – Turning" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Antony & the Johnsons – Turning" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Antony & the Johnsons – Turning". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2014.

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