Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee
Review by Cassam Looch
SHOT over five days by Shane Meadows and devised by Paddy Considine with the director himself, this ‘mockumentary’ turns out to be one of the funniest films of the year… an unexpected gem.
Rock roadie and failed musician, Le Donk (Considine) has lived, loved and learned. Along the way he’s lost a girlfriend (Olivia Colman) and his life has turned to shit. But… he has found a new sidekick in up-and-coming Nottingham rap prodigy Scor-zay-zee (playing himself).
With Meadows’ fly-on-the-wall crew in tow, Donk sets out to make Scor-zay-zee (and himself) a star… with a little help from the Arctic Monkeys.
This low-budget rockumentary follows Le Donk and Scorz on their journey of a lifetime; it’s an unpredictable, irrepressible ode to spontaneous filmmaking – and to a burgeoning UK rap talent.
When asked to film a concert movie for the hugely popular band The Arctic Monkeys, Shane Meadows decided to take an entirely different approach.
Dropping in his vivid Le Donk character into the mayhem of the backstage set-ups was at its core a superb idea, but one that relies heavily on the charm and wit of Considine… thankfully, he is more than up to the task.
A renowned actor he may be, but most people probably won’t instantly recognize him, something which works wonderfully in favour of the film as he can interact and ad-lib with members of the public.
Le Donk also challenges and confronts people who are ‘in’ on the joke from members of the band to the director himself. His desperate efforts to create a song on the eve of the big gig are surprisingly effective and kudos to the team for not corpsing along the way.
The genuinely talented Scor-Zay-Zee plays it very much deadpan. Although entirely off the cuff, he does really well in the tender moments with Le Donk, especially when the latter is deliberating as to whether he should rush off to be with his ex-girlfriend as she is about to give birth to his first child.
The aims of the two protagonists seem too lofty to carry the film; how on earth can they get Scor-Zay-Zee onto the stage to do a warm up for the band?
Thankfully, we get to see the workings behind-the-scenes so even if this objective isn’t achieved, we get enough of the build-up to keep the drama progressing.
Of course, the film needs to be funny for any of this to matter, and Considine is a master of drawing out the humour from any situation he finds himself in. He can flip from easygoing fool to quite nasty control freak but all done in a cheeky manner.
Running time: 71mins
UK DVD Release: October 26, 2009