What? Two documentaries about Russell Brand? Yep, actually Brand: A Second Coming debuted at SXSW before The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Tribeca Film Festival. The Emperor’s New Clothes released only in UK theaters.
BRAND: A Second Coming chronicles actor / comedian / activist Russell Brand on his journey from addict, self-proclaimed narcissist and Hollywood star living in the fast-lane to his current, and unexpected, role as political disruptor and newfound hero to the underserved. Criticized for egomaniacal self-interest, Brand injects his madness into the world and calls for revolution. He stays the course with an irreverent courage that inspires a new generation of activists to rise up against the ever-increasing world engorged in Consumerism.
Can Brand rise against the roar of criticism from the very system that built him? Does he have the fortitude, resilience and commitment to keep up the fight? Will he find true happiness which has eluded him since childhood? BRAND: A Second Coming takes audiences behind the scenes of this wildly complex man for an intimate look at what drives Russell Brand as he continues to be the consummate disruptor.
Written and Directed by Ondi Timoner
STARRING RUSSELL BRAND also featuring Katy Perry, Oliver Stone, Mike Tyson, David Lynch, Noel Gallagher, Rosie O’Donnell, Simon Amstell, Stephen Merchant, Rosie Perez, Barbara Brand (Russell’s mother), Ron Brand (Russell’s father), Jonathan Ross, Daniel Pinchbeck
Opens in New York on October 2, 2015 (followed by expansion)