Trailer for the documentary The Allins, which screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The most outrageous musician to ever live – GG Allin – had a mother, a brother, a legacy. While that legacy might disgust many (pummelling, fondling and defecating through a career of on-stage destruction), award-winning Danish documentarian Sami Saif discovers a more nuanced subject through his mother Arleta, co-conspirator and brother Merle, and the lunatics who loved him.
Allin died of a heroin overdose in 1993 and since then his legend has only grown. Arleta and Merle have their own ways of dealing with it: she removing his gravestone due to constant fan defacement and he balancing his own mourning with an entrepreneurial urge to cash in on their fame.
The trouble might’ve begun when GG was literally christened ‘Jesus Christ Allin’ and his family, friends and fans talk us through his self-martyrdom. From the abuse Allin’s father inflicted on the family, but also their most tender moments, to how GG channeled his rage into his life’s performance: it all reveals the man behind the maniac behind the music.