Archive : Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Ten years in the making, Strange Powers is an intimate documentary portrait of songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields.

With his unique gift for memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings that blend classic Tin Pan Alley with modern sounds, Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary pop’s most beloved and influential artists. Both a prolific recording artist and composer of theater and film scores, he performs most famously as the Magnetic Fields, whose 1999 three-disc opus 69 Love Songs is widely considered a masterpiece of traditional song craft and irresistible synthpop.

Strange Powers explores Merritt’s songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his bandmates and his longtime manager, Claudia Gonson revealing an artist who has produced one of the most engaging and confounding bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.

Popfrenzy is proud to present a very special one off screening of Strange Powers on Wednesday August 4th (7pm sharp) at the Chauvel Cinema.

Tickets available from or $15 / $12 (FBI members)


Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Director: Kerthy Fix, Gail O’Hara
Year: 2010
Running time: 89 mins
Producers: Kerthy Fix, Gail O’Hara
Photography: Paul Kloss, Kerthy Fix
Editor: Sarah Devorkin
Music: The Magnetic Fields
With: Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson, John Woo, Sam Davol, Shirley Simms, Daniel Handler, Sarah Silverman, Neil Gaiman, Peter Gabriel

Dates & Venue Details

Tour Venues & Dates

Chauvel Cinema (SYDNEY)

4th August, 2010


Chauvel Cinema Wednesday August 4th, 7PM