One Direction: This Is Us

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One Direction: This Is Us

Morgan Spurlock (2013)

88min
PG Certificate
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Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the teen pop sensation that won worldwide success after coming third in the X-Factor TV talent show. But despite having an Oscar-nominated award-winning documentary-maker calling the shots, it's a film that reveals little about the quintet their adoring fans won't already know. This is a typical and standard biography, full of clearly choreographed backstage japes, wide shots of thousands of screaming fans, and proud, weepy mums hugging their pin-up sons, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis and Harry. Interviews with "serious" music journalists and X Factor supremo Simon Cowell (who also produced the film) attempt to add gravitas by dissecting the group's phenomenal success. The role social media played in catapulting the boys to the top is interesting; ultimately though, it's the high-energy concert sequences that work best, giving a more tangible sense of the frenzy surrounding the band.

Summary

Premiere. Documentary about the pop group, featuring concert footage alongside interviews with band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson in which they provide an insider's perspective on their rapid rise to fame. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and featuring contributions from Simon Cowell, Chris Rock and Martin Scorsese.

Cast & Crew

Harry Styles Harry Styles
Niall Horan Niall Horan
Zayn Malik Zayn Malik
Louis Tomlinson Louis Tomlinson
Liam Payne Liam Payne
Director Morgan Spurlock
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Guidance: Some swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 30 Aug 2013

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