Mockumentaries are for the weak. Unless you’re Christopher Guest. Outside of that, sticking to a straightforward 3rd person style of filmmaking is still the best method. That’s exactly what Steven Silver did with his new film, The Bang Bang Club, which could easily be done in the faux documentary style.
Here’s the official synopsis.
The Bang Bang Club is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers – Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek – bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s.
This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers during the period) but cost them a heavy price. Based on the book of the same name by Marinovich and Silva, the film stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch and explores the thrill, danger and moral questions associated with exposing the truth.
Could be a fun ride, especially with Phillippe and Kitsch teaming up for the first time. Check out the trailer after the jump, and catch The Bang Bang Club in theaters on April 22nd.