Arcade Fire have gone and made themselves a feature film, and all signs point to it being quite good.
Titled The Reflektor Tapes, the movie was directed by Sundance winner Kahlil Joseph – known for his work on FKA twigs’ Video Girl and short films for Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus – and produced by Pulse Films, the same company who brought us the Nick Cave flick 20.000 Days On Earth and the LCD Soundsystem doco Shut Up and Play The Hits.
Described as “a unique cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history”, The Reflektor Tapes will chronicle the making of the Grammy winners’ critically acclaimed 2013 album Reflektor, from the writing process in Jamaica, to recording in Montreal, to performing the material live to packed out arenas in LA and London.
As well as re-envisioning concerts from the Reflektor tour in high def and surround sound, the film also promises viewers never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews.
“There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads,” the band said of the doco. “We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning.”
While it doesn’t yet have an exact Australian release date, the band has announced that the movie will be screened at cinemas worldwide this September.
You can check out the first official trailer for The Reflektor Tapes, as well as an exclusive new Kahlil Joseph-directed music video for the album’s track Porno, featuring footage from the film, below.
Watch: The Reflektor Tapes – First Look Trailer
Watch: Arcade Fire – Porno (The Reflektor Tapes)