While “One Direction: This is Us” isn’t a narrative film, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") said he still likens his reality trip with the band to the Beatles classic “A Hard Day’s Night.”
“I think the film plays like a documentary ‘Hard Day’s Night,’” Spurlock told me in a recent interview. “The guys in the band are so fun and they have such great personalities. They’re so fun loving that the personality really comes out on screen. It’s just them being themselves. It has a real ‘Hard Day’s Night’ feel to it. I love that.”
New in theaters nationwide in 2D and 3D, "One Direction: This Is US" follows personal and professional lives of the mega-successful British boy band One Direction -- Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall and Zayn Malik -- for a six-month period in places all over the world. The director said that he shot a combined 963 hours of footage during that time to assemble his 90-minute film.
Spurlock told me the greatest joy of working with the singers over an extended period of time was to discover how genuine they all were. And as a filmmaker whose job it is to highlight the lives of real people in both film and television, Spurlock certainly has the wherewithal to tell who is real and who is simply playing a part.
The filmmaker believes a big part of their demeanor comes from being raised in great homes.
“They come from good stock. They had amazing families that raised five really wonderful young men,” Spurlock said. “The fact that they had these people who were so supportive of them in the beginning gave them the ability and courage to chase their dreams, and now that their dreams are exploding on a global scale, they’ve become a part of a new family.
"I think what keeps these guys grounded is one-another," Spurlock added. "One always has these four other people to help keep things in perspective.”
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