Full details of Don’t Think, Adam Smith’s feature-length Chemical Brothers concert movie, have emerged.
The feature will be advance screened at 20 cinemas across 20 cities worldwide on January 26, 2012, ahead of a full cinematic release on February 1. You can buy tickets, and watch an exclusive trailer, over at dontthinkmovie.com.
Longtime visual collaborator with The Chemicals, Smith filmed their headline performance at Japan’s Fujirock Festival using no less than 20 cameras – including some positioned centre-stage and in the heart of the crowd “to perfectly capture a fan’s eye view of the heightened emotional reactions of the audience seeing the band at their very best.”
Interestingly, Smith follows selected audience members away from the stage, and unleashes the blisteringly psychedelic live show visuals upon the festival at large. Don’t Think is the first concert film to boast Dolby 7:1 surround sound, mixed by The Chemical Brothers themselves. The film has been produced by Marcus Lyall and Lee Groombridge for Ridley Scott’s production company RSA Films in association with ML Studio.
Adam Smith: “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.”
The Chemicals’ Tom Rowlands adds: “In the recording of a single show – a single night on a Japanese mountainside – Adam Smith, our long time collaborator, 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”