Reservoir Docs has acquired the documentary “The Other Fellow,” which is about several men named James Bond, as the film’s protagonist. The trailer debuted (below).
The comedy-thriller premiered and won an award in Doc Edge New Zealand, and had its European premiere at Dinard at the British Film Festival in France.
In Jamaica in 1952, author Ian Fleming needs the name of his cute and sophisticated secret agent, so he steals one of his unaware bird-watchers and creates a pop culture phenomenon around the ultimate fictional alpha male.
In 2022, the year of 007’s 60th anniversary on screen, Australian director Matthew Power is on a global mission to discover the lasting, contradictory and highly personal effects of sharing such an identity with James Bond.
From a Swedish fan of 007’s World War II past, a gay New York theater director, an African-American Bond actor accused of murder, and two powerful women caught up in it all, Power’s cinematic mission is “bold, poignant, and an insightful study of masculinity and sexuality,” said Reservoir Docs. And race in the true shadows of a movie icon.”
“What intrigued me was not that these guys were called James Bond, but how the name connects them to a global media phenomenon – literally, emotionally and digitally in particular,” said Bauer. “The Other Companion’s true plot revolves around the surprising ways in which its power drives their lives in The most unexpected trends. And how it connects them to each other in ways you never expected.”
It was produced by Bauer and Michele Brundom, and edited by Leslie Bosso. Music composed by Alistair McNamara.
“I have no doubt that the real human stories at the heart of this film will resonate with all who watch it,” Brundom said.
The team at Reservoir Docs have previously sold worldwide “I’m Not a Negro” and “Black Power Mixtape”.