Anton Corbijn: Inside Out
Anton Corbijn: Inside Out follows the prolific Dutch photographer and filmmaker (Control, The American) whose unique visual style helped to define an era in music. Having photographed some of the biggest names in rock including U2, Nirvana, and Joy Division, Corbijn is the somewhat unlikely subject of Klaartje Quirijns' follow-me-around documentary.
Quirijns captures the usual fare: conversations with the artist about his process and his past, interviews with those with whom he is currently working (including Metallica and Lou Reed), while family members are invited to uncover hidden depths.
But crooning praise from Metallica, who proclaim that Corbijn, "can make anyone look cool, even us," feels camera-pandering and – like much of the film – says more about the photographer's visual style than the skill involved in creating it. Explorations of Corbijn's quietly troubled family life and workaholic's isolation are at times poetic, but overall there is no real match between the personality and the impressive and iconic work. [Nicola Balkind]