Allow us to pry your eyeballs away from the Dark Knight trailer that’s currently making the rounds and direct your attention to another movie preview that’s likely to get your blood bubbling. This one’s for a thriller of a different sort: Don’t Think, a concert film that captures the Chemical Brothers at full power at Japan’s Fujirock Festival.
But the film doesn’t stop at the stage: director Adam Smith’s documentary instincts lead him to follow selected concert-goers as they wander away from the stage and venture into the wooded environment of the venue.
Smith, the Chems’ long-time visuals collaborator, had this to say: “After 18 years of working on The Chemical Brothers live show we have finally captured it on film; you could almost say it’s 18 years in the making The aim was to create a different type of concert film for a different type of show. I wanted to capture what it is like to experience the show from right in the middle of the crowd as well as showing and combining the visuals featured in the show with the footage we captured on this one night; to see how the music and visuals emotionally affect and connect with the audience. By using small unobtrusive cameras – and with thanks to the kindness of the amazing Japanese crowd – we were given privileged insights into the private moments of joy, fear and ecstatic escapism from reality that this show induces. Included in that are flights of fantasy around the festival that are going on inside an audience member’s head. We also allowed some of the images from the show to head off the screens and invade the festival. Over the course of the film, we are taken on a journey through the psychedelic trip that is the Chemical Brothers live experience.”
Check out the film’s official website to see additional clips and information on upcoming screenings near you.