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Dir: Lenny Abrahamson Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal 95 mins, 2014, UK/Ireland Please note: this was screened in May 2014
Lenny Abrahamson's latest is loosely inspired by journalist Jon Ronson's spell as a keyboard player with comic/musician Chris Sievey - better known by his giant papier mache head-wearing alter ego Frank Sidebottom. Ronson teamed up with Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) to write the screenplay, and the result is a weird and wonderful triumph. Young wannabe musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band, the unpronounceable and cult-like Soronprfbs, a group of eccentric musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying, theremin-playing sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Frank's uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating... and because he wears a giant fake head. After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band members, and they retreat to a cabin in the woods to record an album. However, as his influence waxes, creative tensions mount, and the band's entire raison d'être is called into question. Frank is quite fantastically strange - the music is, of course, oddly brilliant (and is actually the actors playing live to the camera) - and Fassbender excels in possibly the greatest performance given from inside a fake head, ever. A strikingly original film about crafting an artistic identity - by any means necessary.
Screening with DepicT! '13 Award Winner: Sun (1min 30secs) Dir: Paul Hill UK 2013
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