Duran Duran’s 2011 concert film, which was directed by David Lynch, has become one of the first big success stories of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Arclight Films executives have snapped up the international rights to Duran Duran Unstaged and plan to launch it during the festival in France, which began on Wednesday.
The band was filmed by the Twin Peaks director performing at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles as part of an online concert streaming initiative. The footage aired the same night as the gig, but it has not been seen since.
Arclight Films managing director Gary Hamilton tells WENN, “We’re honored to be representing this unique film, and working with such an incredible team of entertainment industry professionals, whose artistic endeavors have had such a profound effect on people all over the world.
“Duran Duran Unstaged is a breakthrough in moviemaking. It’s an experience that marries the arts of film and music in a distinctly creative and refreshing manner that will appeal to audiences worldwide.”
Talking about filming the concert, which featured Mark Ronson, Gerard Way, Kelis and Beth Ditto, director Lynch says, “The idea was to try and create, on the fly, layers of images permeating Duran Duran on the stage. (It was) a world of experimentation and some happy accidents.”
Acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch has teamed up with vocalist Chrysta Bell for the release of the remarkable 11-song outing This Train on the La Rose Noire label. Lynch is the Palme d’Or-winning, four-time Academy Award-nominated director/writer of such films as The Elephant Man, Lost Highway and Blue Velvet.
This Train, written and produced by Lynch, taps into the iconic sounds of his television and film productions, armed with Bell’s haunting and ethereal voice. Lynch has discovered in his long-time collaboration with Bell a dreamscape of lush vocal authenticity that matched his musical vision with sheer precision. “She was born to sing and be on stage,” Lynch says of his musical partner.
“This Train is the musical equivalent of a David Lynch film,” says Bell, adding “David navigated nearly every aspect of the album. I trusted his direction and intuition implicitly. You cannot help but think ‘this is so Lynch’ while listening to this record.”
Bell has been singing since she was eleven, when the talented songstress lent her voice to professional commercial jingles. She has traveled the world as a performing artist, signing in places including China, Rome and in front of 40,000 people at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Bell met Lynch during her time as singer for RCA Victor gypsy swing act 8 ½ Souvenirs.
This Train is available through download, on CD format and also as a limited edition double-deluxe vinyl outing. The album features original photography and artwork by Lynch.