Sales outfit LevelK has snatched up Jonas Akerlund’s “Roxette Diaries,” a docu feature chronicling the rise of the popular Swedish pop band in the 80’s and 90’s.
Boasting hundreds of hours of self-shot video footage, the docu presents an intimate portrait of the Roxette band and an inside look at pop life.
Roxette musician Per Gessle said he gave the director about 180 tapes. “I asked Jonas Åkerlund if he and his team could do something special with it — maybe create a movie that captured the spirit of Roxette in the early days as well as being honest, silly and fun to watch. Hey, I think they succeeded,” quipped Gessle, who formed Roxette with Marie Fredriksson back in 1986.
A high-profile Swedish director who is expert at filming the music scene, Akerlund previously helmed “On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z” which was nominated for a Grammy last year and “Paul McCartney’s Live Kisses” which won a Grammy for best film in 2014. He also won a Grammy for “Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live from London” in 2008. His feature film credits include “Small Apartments,” a comedy with Billy Crystal which played at South by Southwest.
Rosette sold an estimated 75 million albums across the globe and is behind four songs that topped the U.S. Billboard: “The Look,” “Listen To Your Heart,” “It Must Have Been Love” (which was featured in the Richard-Gere/Julia-Robert starrer “Pretty Woman”) as well as “Joyride.”
The band is currently in South Africa on the third leg of the RoXXXette Anniversary tour which started in Russia in the fall of 2014 and went on to New Zealand, Australia and Europe last year.
The docu is produced by Eva Tempelman. Atlantic Film will distribute in Sweden while LevelK will kick off sales at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market.