Swedish director, Jonas Åkerlund is best known for his music videos. In the music world he counts superstars like Paul McCartney, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, N*E*R*D and Lady GaGa as clients, but the only feature I’ve seen by him was his debut, the mildly entertaining Spun from 2002. In fact, like many people, my abiding memory of Jonas Åkerlund is his work on The Prodigy‘s controversial music video for Smack My Bitch Up! – which dates back to 1997.
His forthcoming (and rather peculiar looking) third feature, Small Apartments could possibly change all that (his second feature, Horsemen was a commercial flop – in fact, according to IMDB it lost over $18m at the box office!). The synopsis is as follows – “When a clumsy deadbeat accidentally kills his landlord, he must do everything in his power to hide the body, only to find that the distractions of lust, the death of his beloved brother, and a crew of misfit characters force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him”.
Starring Little Britain‘s Matt Lucas in the lead role of Franklin Franklin, and boasting a quirky supporting cast which includes, James Caan, Juno Temple, Dolph Lundgren, Rebel Wilson, James Marsden and Johnny Knoxville, Small Apartments is released on the 8th February in the US and on the 22nd March in the UK. Check out the trailer below: