Scottish musical sensation Lewis Capaldi is the subject of a feature documentary directed by BAFTA winner Joe Pearlman (“Bros: After the Screaming Stops”) and produced by Pulse Films (“Lemonade”, “Beastie Boys Story”) . The film will be sold to buyers in the virtual Cannes market by Independent Entertainment.
Capaldi, 24, has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past 36 months, earning a Grammy nomination and a BRIT award for his debut single ‘Someone You Loved’, in addition to a second BRIT for Best New Artist, and selling out an arena tour before he even released his debut album.
It’s a stark contrast to his life just three years ago, when he was still carrying his own gear while performing in Scottish bars and pubs. The film follows Capaldi over a period of five years, from a world tour to his return to his parents’ home in Scotland to begin work on his second album.
“If the immense pressure to write and record a second album that has to live up to the expectations of so many people I’ve never met while trying to eclipse the commercial success of my previous album wasn’t enough, I decided to film the entire process for your viewing pleasure,” says Capaldi.
“I’m very excited to be able to potentially capture the making of the greatest album ever, or more likely, to continuously document the raunchy of my dreams as years of my life’s work are received as a fiery pile of shit. Anyway, it will be a lot of fun and it will be nice to have people with us, ”added the musician.
The as yet untitled film will be presented by BMG in association with Quickfire Films. It is produced by Sam Bridger and Alice Rhodes of Pulse Films.
“At Pulse Films, we’ve always worked collaboratively and openly with artists to create films that reveal the emotion and psychology behind great artists,” Bridger said. “Lewis Capaldi is a pop star and a singular character. A raw, emotionally honest and unapologetically real performer in an overhyped, PR-trained industry, Lewis is a breath of fresh air. We are extremely excited to create a film that takes audiences deep into their personal world at this pivotal time in their lives.
Ryan Walter and Thomas Benski of Interlude Artists, Maris Clifford and Tim O’Shea of Pulse Films will serve as executive producers. Quickfire Films’ James Atherton and Jan Pace, Independent Entertainment’s Cora Palfrey and Sarah Lebutsch, and BMG’s Jaime Neely, Stuart Souter and Alistair Norbury will also serve as executive producers.
Independent Entertainment will present the film at the Cannes Virtual Film Market later this month (June 21-25).