Director stages a master stroke
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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