Di­rec­tor stages a mas­ter stroke

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HE’S made films about fast food, the war on ter­ror and prod­uct place­ment, but now doc­u­men­tar­ian Mor­gan Spur­lock has turned his lens on the world’s big­gest boy band, One Di­rec­tion.

The Su­per Size Me di­rec­tor helms One Di­rec­tion: This is Us, the band’s first con­cert doc­u­men­tary. Ad­vance screen­ings of the film play se­lected Gold Coast cinemas on Satur­day ahead of its national re­lease in Septem­ber.

While the sub­ject mat­ter may seem a lit­tle less in­tel­lec­tu­ally rig­or­ous than au­di­ences have come to ex­pect from the di­rec­tor, he says he was drawn to the pro­ject be­cause of the pop­u­lar­ity of con­cert doc­u­men­taries.

‘‘The day this movie opens, it’s go­ing to be seen on more screens, by more peo­ple around the world, than any of my movies com­bined,’’ he says.

‘‘This will be the first time I ever had a movie play in my home town of Beck­ley, West Vir­ginia.’’

In fact, this isn’t even the first time that Spur­lock flirted with this type of film, hav­ing been con­tacted re­gard­ing re­cent movies about Justin Bieber and Katy Perry .

In the film, Spur­lock fol­lows the boys around on a world tour and it’s packed with footage of the band per­form­ing,

One Di­rec­tion: This Is Us, will shed new light on the heart-throb pop icons their ador­ing fans scream­ing in de­light and the boys just hang­ing out with one an­other. De­spite the ac­cess the di­rec­tor was given, mem­ber Niall Horan says the cam­eras even came ‘‘into the toi­let with us, no lie’’.

The film re­port­edly fo­cuses on the fam­ily-friendly as­pects of the group.

How­ever, part of One Di­rec­tion’s pris­tine por­trayal can be cred­ited to the fact that Spur­lock did not have fi­nal-cut – some­thing he hints led to dif­fi­cul­ties.

‘‘There were four sep­a­rate en­ti­ties with very strong opin­ions and be­liefs,’’ he says. ‘‘You do have to jug­gle.’’

This also means some­thing like the band’s vast fi­nan­cial em­pire doesn’t get the look au­di­ences might ex­pect from Spur­lock, a di­rec­tor who’s built a ca­reer on ex­plor­ing and ex­pos­ing how sys­tems like this work. In­stead, he’s opted to use a softer touch with the band.

‘‘You want to keep the fan­tasy. You want Oz to stay Oz,’’ he says.

While the film might not ap­peal to Spur­lock’s typ­i­cal fan base, it’s all but guar­an­teed to ap­peal to a much larger au­di­ence. One Di­rec­tion is one of the world’s big­gest pop acts, af­ter all.

Ear­lier this month, at a screen­ing in Los An­ge­les, po­lice had to be called in when a group of fans stormed the theatre show­ing the film.

One Di­rec­tion: This Is Us opens in Aus­tralia on Septem­ber 19, with ad­vance screen­ings at Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Robina and Pa­cific Fair on Satur­day at 3pm .

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