Sally Potter’s new film, RAGE, is the first film to be premiered on mobile phones. It’s a very contemporary idea, stripping down filmmaking down to the bare minimum, but it works, and that’s what makes Rage a keeper. Read an interview with Sally Potter in the latest issue of Aesthetica. RAGE is a unique experiment, taking the concept of artists’ films and turning it on its head, making something multi-faceted and exciting.
The film will be shown on Babelgum mobile video applications (iPhone, iPod Touch, Google Android G-Phones 1 and 2, Nokia N96, N95 and 6210) in seven episodes from September 21st, adding one new episode per day for a full week, so that all seven will be viewable by 27th September. www.babelgum.com/rage Defying the usual conventions of film, RAGE uses a radical narrative structure focusing entirely on individual performances to build a tragicomic portrait of people persuaded to reveal their secrets in the midst of a crisis. The film consists entirely of a dynamic series of interviews, as if shot by a schoolboy on his mobile phone. He goes behind-the-scenes at a New York fashion show for a week during which time an accident on the catwalk turns into a murder investigation.
Fourteen actors, both celebrated stars and exciting emerging talents, play characters who each have a role in the show, from the designer (Simon Abkarian) and his models (Lily Cole and Jude Law), the fashion critic (Judi Dench) and photographer (Steve Buscemi), through to the seamstress (Adriana Barraza) and the fashion house financier (Eddie Izzard) and his bodyguard (John Leguizamo). As they start to confide in Michelangelo, the unseen schoolboy with his phone camera, their personal truths begin to surface and the reality of events taking place off screen at the show start to unravel.
Writer/director Sally Potter spent two days with each actor, shooting the character’s interviews against a blue screen, with just herself behind the camera and a sound recordist. Returning to this type of pure performance and intimate style of filmmaking was a liberating and challenging experience for both the cast and director.
On Monday 28 September, The DVD will be released by Adventure Pictures in the UK and Ireland. The first of the seven segments will premiere online, with 2 episodes released per week. www.ragethemovie.com/dvd