While Kervyn and I may clash on a number of topics (such as our long-standing debate on how to pronounce the name of M Night Shalakashka properly), one thing we do quite often see eye to eye on when I’m standing on a ladder is movie music.
Specifically, our long-standing love affair with Daft Punk, the electronic music duo of French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, who are never seen without their trademark face-concealing helmets.
Daft Punk have been around for years, cranking out all manner of electro, pop, funk and orchestral music in a signature style. They’re icons of the scene, and yet they’ve never received the documentary treatment. Until now that is. Here’s the first trailer for Daft Punk Unchained:
Daft Punk Unchained, directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre, is the first independent film which explores an exceptional pop culture phenomenon of the last twenty years: Daft Punk. Between fiction and reality, magic and secrets, theatricality and humility, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have created a unique artistic universe. Throughout their career they have remained determined to control every link in the chain of their creative work.
The film highlights key moments of their story, from their first school band in Paris to their historic concert at Coachella festival in 2006 and their spectacular triumph at the 2014 Grammy Awards for the album « Random Access Memories ». In an era of globalisation and the expansion of social media, they have refused to show their own faces and they orchestrate every detail of their appearances as robots.
The documentary includes archives of radio interviews with Daft Punk, rare footage and exclusive interviews with their friends and close collaborators from Pharrell Williams to Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Peter Lindbergh, Leiji Matsumoto and Pete Tong.
Daft Punk Unchained has only been seen on French TVs so far. Hopefully a wider release is on the cards soon for this documentary. I’m a huge fan of the duo, with my favourite being the sublime score used in 2010’s Tron: Legacy.
Last Updated: September 29, 2015