Last Performance tells the story of Julia (Eva Dorrepaal), a European actress who relocates to New York City to try and make the big time. She stars in an avant-garde play directed by the eccentric Magda (Esther Eva Verkaaik). Julia’s co-star herein is Cooper (Tomas Spencer), who has an abusive relationship with the sexually frustrated Tom (Vincent Bagnall). Tom, unable to accept his homosexuality, in turn exploits Julia for his own sexual adventures. Cooper, enraged by jealousy, seeks revenge and his actions trigger an inexorable wave of disintegration and misery. Soon, fact and fiction become indistinguishable as Julia, too, becomes the author of her own demise.
Last Performance is inspired by the New York avant-garde and underground scene of the early eighties and is suffused with the spirits of the icons of that period such as Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Klaus Nomi, Lydia Lunch and Diamanda Galas. World premiere was at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, 2006.
Edwin Brienen is the illegitimate son of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and John Waters. With Last Performance, he creates a universe of avant-gardism, bombastic theatre and the dark side of existence. Without any help from film funds, Brienen delivers film after film truly based on his artistic visions, which have made him a cult hero in Berlin.