A documentary film capturing a live set by The Chemical Brothers is screened by the British Film Institute next month.
‘Don’t Think’, directed by Adam Smith and recorded at a Japanese music festival, promises a combination of on-stage performance, accompanying visuals and an enhanced insight into the festival experience.
Smith, a long-term collaborator with the dance production duo, states the film has been eighteen 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.”
The Brothers themselves are content with the final product; Tom Rowlands adds: “Adam Smith… has managed to capture the atmosphere of a very special festival appearance. Come see how it feels to feel, be overwhelmed, intoxicated, swoonerated… Surrender to the void.” Partner Ed Simons remarks: “This film is the closest I will ever get to being at a Chemical Brothers show… and yeah, it’s a beautiful experience.”
The showing of ‘Don’t Think’, which takes place at BFI Southbank on February 3, will be accompanied by a Q&A session with its director Adam Smith. More information on the film can be found on its website, and details on booking tickets for the BFI event are on the organisation’s website.