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.”
Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon is a Wild Boy at heart – he knocked out a motorist during a vicious street fight in the South of France.
The clean-cut Rio hitmaker was enjoying a stroll in St Tropez in 2002 when a scooter rider almost collided with him, sending Le Bon into a fury.
The mystery man confronted the pop star and they traded blows – and Le Bon admits the sight of him scuffling in a street must have been “comical” for any onlookers.
He tells rock magazine Q, “It was quite nasty, but very exciting too. I was in St Tropez and a little the worse for wear. This bloke drove his scooter right at me, so I nudged him as he went by. Afterwards I realised he wanted a fight, so I hit him. Then he hit me.
“We ended up knocking each other out cold. It must have been quite comical for anyone watching.”
Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon has finally met the star of the film which inspired the band’s name.
The Rio singer was stunned when he learned Jane Fonda was a fellow gues t at a recent Valentino Garavani party in France – and he got the chance to say hello and find out what the actress though about the band naming t hemselves after the villain of her 1968 cult film Barbarella.
In a post on the Duran Duran website, Le Bon writes, “I went over to he r and asked, ‘What do you think about us being Duran Duran?’ “She said it was difficult for a while, but ‘after a few marriages, and one to someone with a sense of humour, I finally came around to it!’ “She was lovely, I am really glad I finally got to meet the original Ba rbarella… After meeting Jane Fonda, my mood was on a high for the rest of the evening.”