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?

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - MOVIES - Words fiona pur­den

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

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