Green Day release trailer for new ‘American Idiot’ documentary film – watch

Behind-the-scenes film 'Heart Like A Hand Grenade' follows the making of their 2004 album

Green Day have shared a trailer video for their new documentary film Heart Like A Hand Grenade.

Described as a “time capsule rock doc”, the movie revisits the band during the making of their 2004 album ‘American Idiot’.

The film is due for release on October 15 and has been directed by John Rocker, who spent nine months filming Green Day during the making of the album.


Watch the trailer below, which features in-studio clips and live concert footage.

In a lengthy statement written on the band’s website, Rocker describes his lifelong passion for punk music and what to expect from the new documentary.

“This film does not contain high drama or fighting. It shows a band on top of their game creating incredible music. It is a film that inspires. It is also a very small film. All it took was a box of tapes and one camera. Going back to the DIY ethic that I was raised with.”

Rocker goes on to reveal that a never-before-seen Green Day concert is included in the film, which sees the band perform the whole of ‘American Idiot’ in an intimate concert venue: “After the recording was finished they booked a small theatre and performed the album in its entirety, which is included in the film (Fun fact! This was 11 years ago folks and the camera phone was not invented so this is the only way you can see this legendary concert!) This movie is like a fly-on-the-wall art house piece. It is the first time Green Day allowed someone into the studio to film them.”


‘American Idiot’ is the seventh studio album by Green Day and was released in September 2004. The concept album and rock opera follows the story of anti-hero Jesus Of Suburbia and spawned the singles ‘American Idiot’, ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends.’ The album has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and was later interpreted into a Grammy award-winning stage show.

Earlier this year, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong spoke about his plans for a new Green Day album.

“There’s definitely a great spirit going on,” he said. “We’ve always been pretty charged up. Before we found any of this out, I had already written a few songs and everybody was really excited by them. And then we heard about [being inducted into the Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame, and we were just blown away. Yeah, I mean, we’re going to take our time.”

He added: “We’re not going to try and pull off some, like, victory lap over this because I definitely want the music to come from a real place and be inspired, not just because we got honoured or anything like that, but because we’re honouring music. We want to work on them, and we want to make a great album.”


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