Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Duran Duran: 'American Express Unstaged' gets single night screening

Duran Duran will take over U.S. movie theaters on Wednesday, Sept. 10 for a one-night-only showing of the film Duran Duran: Unstaged.

This movie showcases the band’s concert at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles, which was part of the American Express Unstaged concert series that celebrated the band’s All You Need Is Now album and world tour. Screenvision in alliance with Phase 4 Films will screen the film in over 300 locations.

It was helmed by award-winning film and TV director David Lynch ("Twin Peaks," Blue Velvet) as part of American Express Unstaged. Known for his unique cinematic style that masterfully blends extraordinary imagery and sound design, Lynch has captured the band’s performance in a ground-breaking, creative way that will provide fans with a visually stunning in-theater viewing experience.

When originally filmed, the director layered images that he had created in advance of the show (live action, animation, special effects, etc.) on top of the band’s performance footage as it was being filmed live. The technique, created an ocular event unlike anything ever seen before. Special guests include Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Beth Ditto (Gossip), Kelis and long-time collaborator, Mark Ronson.

A newly-imagined trailer for the film, recently created by Lynch, can be seen here:

After the live performance, Lynch went back into the studio to recreate the magic that occurred during the concert and recut the film - watching back the performance footage while he ‘live switched’ the show for a second time, reworking the overlay footage to create a new director’s cut. Duran Duran also remixed the audio for this upcoming theatrical release.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Aug. 15. To purchase and find a list of theaters go to:

The film features four original members of Duran Duran: Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor. Upon release, tickets for Duran Duran’s performance at the Mayan Theatre sold out in less than five minutes.

“We are all very proud to have worked in partnership with the legendary David Lynch on this project. It was a tremendously rewarding and exhilarating experience,” said singer Simon Le Bon. “I was particularly delighted by the sausage barbecue sequence during the song 'Come Undone' - something I would never have expected but it works superbly!"

“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,” said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. “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.”

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