Forthcoming cinematic epic Gutterdämmerung sounds utterly, utterly bonkers. Starring a cast of rock’n’roll royalty, the film [directed by Björn Tagemose] is out until next summer, when it will be touring festivals with a live band before heading indoors. A live fan event previewing scenes from the film took place last night at The Forum in London, where Grace Jones appeared to sing ‘Nightclubbing’.
Getting to the bottom of exactly what Gutterdämmerung is exactly is a true mind-boggler, so here’s your handy five-point guide.
It’s based on Alice In Wonderland
“It’s kind of like Alice In Wonderland in rock’n’roll hell,” says one of the film’s cast members, Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal. “Each person in it doesn’t really know what the other characters are and how they connect. No-one really knows what the actual storyline is, the first I saw of my own performance was in that trailer. Everything’s been shrouded in secrecy.”
The plot is… odd
In terms of plot, we don’t know much, but what we do know is that a fallen angel throws a magical guitar from the heavens for an evil priest, a rock’n’roll tank general, a bazooka henchman and a stuffed-trousered cowboy to fight over through the deserts of California and the World War 1 trenches of Belgium.
It’s a silent rock movie
Despite being about music, Gutterdämmerung is a silent film – but not just any silent film. Branded as the ‘loudest silent movie ever made’. A live band will be providing the soundtrack as the film tours the world, playing music composed from contributions from all of its rock’n’roll superstars. “The manner in which a silent movie was given music by a piano player will essentially be replaced by a rock’n’roll band,” explains Jesse. Björn’s taken Iggy Pop’s current band, one hell of a brilliant set of musicians, and as it tours around the world it will incorporate the performers who live there, so it’s got this roving feel to it. We all believe in it, even though we necessarily didn’t know what we’re believing in.”
It’s got a killer cast
It stars Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Lemmy, Josh Homme, Grace Jones and Slash. No biggie. Jesse tells us he plays “a hot cowboy with a dick bigger than [legendary pornstar] John Holmes.” Director and writer Björn Tagemose adds that Iggy is a spoilt angel who didn’t get into heaven because God doesn’t trust him and, instead, gives him a guitar. “He is the centrepiece,” says Tagemose. “In his defiance, Iggy throws the guitar down to earth as he doesn’t agree with rock’n’roll being taken away from the planet and everything becoming peaceful.”
Rollins, meanwhile, is an evil priest chasing down a couple who discover the guitar in the desert, while Lemmy is a general who leads the rock’n’roll army and Josh Homme plays his bazooka-toting henchman. “He has a bazooka which is called Death Dominion after Dylan Thomas’ poem, And Death Shall Have No Dominion,” explains Tagemose. Meanwhile Grace Jones is the gatekeeper of purgatory. “Imagine her like Cleopatra in a big chair with either a thumbs up or thumbs down,” adds Tagemose.
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