The film, shot at Los Angeles’ Mayan Theatre and featuring guest appearances by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, the Gossip’s Beth Ditto, Mark Ronson and Kelis, utilizes Lynch’s singular style, as the director superimposes images of his interpretation of the band’s lyrics over footage of the group onstage.
Lynch and the band released a new, predictably eerie, trailer to celebrate the upcoming screening, which found the director recutting the film after watching the footage again. (The band also remixed the audio for the upcoming release.) In the trailer, screening info is projected over a nebulous, round object. In the background, a low, throbbing hum blends with a high-pitched squeal before giving way to a snippet of the group’s 1982 hit “Hungry Like the Wolf.”
“David is a visionary artist, his work is always surprising and beautifully strange – so it was a surreal dream collaboration for us to work with him and to become the subjects of one of his films,” keyboardist Nick Rhodes said in a statement. “When we first discussed the notion of working together, we bonded over a shared desire to create a truly unique live film. I felt confident we could rely upon David to conjure up something stylish, experimental, handmade and innovative. He surpassed all of our wildest expectations.”
Filmed in conjunction with the band’s 2011 album All You Need Is Now, the movie is part of American Express Unstaged, the series that pairs musicians with filmmakers including Pharrell/Spike Lee, the Killers/Werner Herzog and Maroon 5/Gary Oldman.
The two-hour, 19-song set blended Eighties hits with the new album, as the core quartet of vocalist Simon Le Bon, Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor were joined by four other musicians and a four-piece string section. While the show itself relied on minimal lighting effects, the online concert featured Lynch’s flourishes, including wisps of smoke and fire and dead animals superimposed over the band.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 15th and are available on Screenvision’s site.