"Hey, do you wanna join our revolution?" (From the Film)
Join the Russell Brand revolution as you follow the actor/comedian's transformative journey into a hard-hitting and hilarious spokesman for global change.
Love him or hate him, it's impossible to be indifferent to Russell Brand. This acclaimed documentary charts the actor/comedian/activist on his journey from addict, self-proclaimed narcissist and Hollywood star living in the fast-lane to his "second coming" as a political revolutionary & newfound hero to the underserved. Director Ondi Timoner (familiar to !f audiences for her excellent We Live in Public) takes us behind the scenes of this wildly complex man for an intimate look at what drives Russell Brand as he injects his madness into the world and calls for revolution. Brand is a witty and articulate subject, passionate about his cause and often hilariously funny. The film reviews his early days as a troubled youth from a broken home, seeking fame in London at sixteen, falling into drug and sex addiction, then becoming an international star. A visit to Kenya opens Brand's eyes to poverty; he takes up meditation and from there begins his transformation. Timoner expertly explores the contradictions of a man who seeks to do away with the very system that created him -can he do it?
2015 SXSW, BFI LONDON, ASHLAND NO LIMITS AWARD
Director and producer Ondi Timoner won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival twice for Dig! (2004) about the collision of art and commerce through the story of two bands, and We Live in Public (2009) about Internet visionary, Josh Harris. Her other documentaries include The Nature of the Beast (1994), Join Us (2007), and Cool It (2010).