Lost in London is the directorial debut of two-time Academy Award Nominee and playwright Woody Harrelson. The film is being shown in 500 cinemas around the world and FACT is one of the lucky cinemas to showcase it along with an exclusive Q&A from the man himself, Woody Harrelson.
Lost in London is one of only 19 films ever made to be shot in one take, with films like 2002's Russian Ark and Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 masterpiece, Rope, being the most famous. The story follows Woody Harrelson playing himself as we see him get involved in a misadventure in London, taking place over the course of one night as his situation lands him in the slammer. This film's unique creative process allows it to hold the place of the first ever film to be broadcast live into theatres for people to watch and, with an exciting cast of Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson also taking part in the project, has got film buffs everywhere excited.
With the film written, directed and produced by Harrelson, with a cast of 30 actors, shot in 14 different locations, one police vehicle, two black cabs and a VW camper van, and all shot with the same, single camera, this debut is sure to be a hectic and exciting watch for anyone. Most actor-turned-director debuts usually follow a more sensitive plot and more small scale idea like Jodie Foster's, Little Man Tate, which makes Lost in London a real run ahead of them all, with Harrelson going above and beyond to make his movie a roller coaster ride for audience members to enjoy. This movie is one that relies heavily on the crew, maybe even more than the actors, with greats like cinematographer Nigel Willoughby, and skilful camera operator Jon Hembrough making the whole thing and the live screenings possible.
Harrelson's heavy involvement in the project makes the film reallly unique, as it follows his perspective, individual voice and ideas on celebrity culture which remain a constant theme throughout its 100 minute running time. The films realistic qualities are solidified with the opening title reading, 'too much of this is true', along with the real-life story behind it, when Harrelson caused chaos in London back in 2002 and was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and spent the night in a British jail cell.
Although the films lighting is sometimes off, especially in the hysterically funny club scenes where the lighting is rather dim, it almost gives the film a more realistic, true to life feel - which most Hollywood films today would just sort with a reshoot. Lost in London will make cinema history in its almost unplayable genre, and will certainly give a great, and entertaining insight into the closed doors of celebrity life and the glossy outer coating that covers it from the truth.
Come and catch Lost in London at FACT on 15 April with an exclusive Q&A with Woody Harrelson, writer, producer and director.