Beastie Boys film Awesome; I Shot That! screens next week
24 April 2013
The Beastie Boys have always defied convention and done things a bit differently, from their formation in 1981 to their genre defining videos and unique sense of humour. Awesome; I… Shot That! is unlike any concert film ever made, there were no professional cameramen, no expensive cameras, and no complicated special effects. Instead 50 members of the audience were handed video cameras and given one simple instruction ‘Just keep filming’. The resulting film places you right at the heart of the concert, giving you 50 different personal perspectives of die-hard Beastie Boys fans.
The cameramen included everyone from members of the public to frequent Beastie Boys collaborator Spike Jonze with Ben Stiller and Donald Glover spotted in the audience throughout the film. Awesome; I… Shot That! has been described as ‘raucously amateurish’ and ‘a one-of-a-kind stylistic experiment’ by The AV Club, with The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw calling it a ‘weirdly intriguing experimental concert movie’.
After the performance, all 50 cameras were returned by the audience and returned to the shop the next day for a refund!
The films director Nathanial Hörnblowér, a.k.a Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, passed away in 2012 after a three year battle with cancer and the future of the group is now uncertain with Ad Rock and Mike D saying they want to keep making music together but don’t know what form it will take.
After the film, keep hold of your ticket and head over to Brooklyn Mixer on Seel Street for some special Beastie Boys themed drinks offers. On 5 May they'll be hosting Triple Trouble, a night dedicated to Brooklyn's finest with DJ's and performers playing a selection of the Beastie Boys best music, tribute art from Dead One and TOMO and a BBQ!
From Saturday 27 April, Brooklyn Mixer will be giving prizes everytime you hear a Beastie Boys song played in their bar.
Tickets for Awesome; I Shot That! are on sale now from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737.