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Chemical Brothers Release Live Film
The Quietus , December 2nd, 2011 08:51

Don't Think, directed by Adam Smith, to be shown in UK cinemas from 3rd February

So, after the cryptic clues they left us yesterday, it turns out that the Chemical Brothers are to release a live film. Chems shows are renowned for their visual side so expect a little more than the usual live film's 90 minutes of bandmember footage.

Don't Think was directed by the duo's long-term friend and visual collaborator Adam Smith, and is a 20-camera recording of the duo's performance at Japan's Fujirock festival. As well as just filming the stage, it features offstage cameras following crowdmembers around for that authentic, smokey, chemical-soaked festival experience - all from the comfort of your cinema seat.

In the words of Smith: "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."

The film is to be shown on general release from the 3rd February 2012 in the UK, but advance screenings are taking place in 20 cinemas worldwide on 26th January. More information available at the film's site, along with a terrifying clown-face trailer.