The Gorillaz go Bananaz
Bananaz, a documentary film by Ceri Levy will be released on DVD through Parlophone on June 1, 2009. You can watch the trailer right here, courtsey of TMF.
In the late 1990's Jamie Hewlett met Damon Albarn and the concept of Gorillaz was born sometime after. At the birth of the project, film maker Ceri Levy set about to document this undertaking. The result is Bananaz, 91 minutes inside the remarkable real world of Gorillaz - the most successful cartoon band ever.
The film takes down the virtual walls of Gorillaz. Levy filmed alongside and behind the scenes from 2000 to 2006, from first drawings, animations, music and the musicians, through to the faces behind the voices of Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. The result is an unsanitised, free-wheeling documentary film; an intimate,
honest and often hilarious account of the working relationship between Albarn and Hewlett. With appearances by many of those who occasionally pass through this world: Dennis Hopper, De la Soul, Ibrahim Ferrer, Dangermouse, Dan the Automator, D12, Bootie Brown and Neneh Cherry.
The DVD will also feature The Bananaz Home Movie Club, with up to an hour of outtakes from the film. Rolls include: Clint Eastwood, Live in Japan, The Sneeze, Hello America, Bill Murray featuring The Bees, and Food Chain amongst others.
Bananaz received its theatrical premiere at the 58th Berlin Film Festival and went on to show at South by South West and Edinburgh Festival's and is due to have a theatrical showing in the UK. The film will be shown online and via mobile from April 20 through Babelgum. Bablegum.com has also launched a Gorillaz channel to feature live concerts, videos, two new games, competitions and clips from the film.