In this modern age of cinema there is an ever present blurring on the line between fiction and reality. With the success of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat and Bruno franchises to MTV productions like Jackass: The Movie actually been called a film and gaining a cinema release. The public’s reaction to these types of films are often scepticism about the legitimacy of the events, and just how “in” people are on the joke.
Well, over the last 2 years you may have seen renowned actor Joaquin Phoenix slowly descend into madness, abandon his acting to career to focus on music career in Hip-Hop, make a few ill-judged public appearances and generally look like a nutter. Well its all part of Casey Affleck’s directorial debut.
The film is described as…
“… a portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, the documentary follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician. The film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads and explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.”
‘I’m Still Here’ is a mockumentary carefully staged and produced by Affleck’s team & Magonlia Pictures but is played off as real. But that’s not a bad thing, the film should be appreciated for what it is and how it plays out, just because it’s hard to distinguish what’s real and what’s not, it shouldn’t take away from any and all provocation the film enables.
Real or not the movie looks to be an amazing achievement and cringe comedy genius. You can check out the full trailer below, and below that is a clip taken in a club in Miami Beach of Joaquin spitting a track before diving into the crowd to punch a heckler. You can find out more about ‘I’m Still Here’ here.