Wednesday 26 June 2019

Stars banding together for indie music film

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

IRISH stars Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson will sing and play their own instruments in a new film by director Lenny Abrahamson.

Producer Ed Guiney revealed last night that Gleeson is already having intensive piano lessons to shoot scenes in which he joins an avant-garde band led by a mysterious and enigmatic frontman played by Fassbender.

"Both Michael and Domhnall can play instruments already so they want to form a real band for the film. Domhnall is taking it so seriously, he is having intensive piano lessons to improve his style," Mr Guiney told the Irish Independent.

The Irish Film Board is believed to be investing €500,000 in 'Frank', with Film 4 and other UK backers bringing the budget to €4m. It will begin shooting in Ireland this December.

A fictional tale inspired by left-field figures including schizophrenic US musician Daniel Johnston, singer and painter Captain Beefheart and Manchester's Frank Sidebottom, the film has attracted "huge" international interest, said Mr Guiney.

"We've got two of the most in-demand actors on the planet right now. I've never know this much interest in a film before we have even shot a frame," he said.

Fassbender is no stranger to music having formed a heavy metal band in his hometown of Killarney as a teenager.

"There was just one other guy in my band and he played guitar also," he said.

"It's always hard to find a drummer and a bass player in a small town, so we just went out as we were. We only played one gig. It was a little pub at lunchtime and we were trying to play Metallica and they kept telling us to turn it down," said Fassbender.

Gleeson grew up in Malahide, on the northside of Dublin, and is a close frond of local band Delorentos.

Irish Independent

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