A HEAD FOR MUSIC
Michael Fassbender is one of the hottest faces on the big screen right now so why is it hidden for most of his new movie, Frank?
Frank starts when untalented but enthusiastic keyboard player Jon (Domnhall Gleeson) joins Frank’s band, The Soronprfbs, and soon clashes with Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is protective of Frank and secretly in love with him. The band spends more than a year writing and recording an album, which Jon secretly tapes and downloads vision of on to the internet. They become stars on the web and are invited to a music festival in the US, where disaster strikes.
Abrahamson says Gyllenhaal initially turned the film down.
“She was wondering how the film was going to work but obviously she remained intrigued because three weeks later she called and asked whether I had cast her role yet,” he says. “She said, ‘I get it now’.
“She brings another dimension to her character. When I got that call from Maggie, I saw it as a good sign.”
Abrahamson says it was hard to get the tone right.
“It’s a tough brief to make a lovely and warm film when your lead actor is a guy in a head mask. I thought, ‘is this insane?’ But like Maggie, the idea stuck in my head and while I turned it down initially I realised I had to do it.”
Original music was composed for the film. “In a film about authenticity you don’t want to be cheating,” he says.
Like Fassbender, Abrahamson is in demand and is now directing the film adaptation of Emma Donaghue’s Booker Prize-nodded novel, Room. He’ll then move on to the film adaptation of Sarah Water’s bestseller, The Little Stranger.
“It’s a good roll to be on,’’ he says.
Frank is in cinemas now