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gorillaz documentary launch 20 April 2009 If you've ever wondered just how you go about running a cartoon band, this Gorillaz documentary Bananaz reveals all all videos

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Premiering today on Babelgum, Bananaz takes a behindthe-scenes look at Gorillaz's creative masterminds, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Shot by filmmaker and friend of the band Ceri Levy, he began following the group right from its inception back in 2000.

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Over six years Levy captured footage of the groups's global adventure, as they went from sketches on paper to international success. Wrapping filming in 2006, Levy then spent the next two years sifting through footage with editor Seb Monk to produce the final cut. Now edited down to just 90 minutes, the film uncovers the relationship between Albarn and Hewlett as it follows the duo from studio to tour and back again.

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"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in on the ground floor of a project with a view to recording the whole building being built." says Levy. "So often documentaries purport to be close up and personal when in fact the filmmaker has two weeks access at not very close quarters and the film becomes diluted. I think Bananaz engages the audience as it's up close and personal because Damon and Jamie are friends of mine."

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Shot on Mini DV, Levy teamed up with Prime Focus in the post suite to play with the documentary's look and build up the atmosphere. "I think Mini DV is the video equivalent of Super 8," adds Levy, "and we had many ideas for playing and experimenting with the style and feel of the picture." Available to view online now, the film will next be released across cinemas, before hitting the shops on June 1. Click here to watch.

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