Musician and director Marco Laguna’s strong desire to make this film was born from an idea somewhere deep inside his head. Things really took off when, one evening, on an impulse, he phoned Wild Dee to talk to him about the project. Together they put pen to paper and wrote the first draft of a script that was adapted and modified throughout the four years it took to make the film.
Indeed, due to a lack of funds filming was split up, a weekend here, two days there, followed by six months’ interruption, before shooting for a few days again…and so on. As the rushes of the first few filmed scenes lived up to his expectations, Marco Laguna decided to bring back together his group from the 80-90’s, La Muerte … for a fistful of dollars more – and a few hours of shooting. Without forgetting the support of two production companies: Top Care and Stempel. And to complete the financing of his project, Marco turned to the KissKiss BankBank platform. Taking the number of co-producers of DOUBLEPLUSUNGOOD to 100.
Director’s note :
"My encounter with Wild Dee, the main actor in DOUBLEPLUSUNGOOD, was a determining factor in the making of this film. Not only are we strongly influenced by the same literary atmospheres – Among them American authors like Harry Crews, Iceberg Slim, N.Tosches and Belgian horror author Jean Ray – we also share the same cinematic tastes – low budget cinema be it French, Japanese or Spanish. Our main aim was to recreate the spirit, and play with and even subvert, the codes of Exploitation cinema.
We also share the same taste for Rock & Roll, as our parallel musical backgrounds show. We were both singers in emblematic Belgian rock bands of the 80’s and 90’s - Wild Dee in The Wild Ones and me with Marine (79/81 - 3 singles with Les Disques du Crépuscule) and La Muerte (84/94 - 6 albums with Pias). The film’s soundtrack, inspired by François de Roubaix, John Carpenter, Lalo Shiffrin, is like its second layer of dialogue: the original compositions of Renaud Mayeur (winner of the Magritte 2013 Belgian cinema awards for best soundtrack) and of J-M Lederman (Fat Gadget, TheThe, … ), Moaning Cities, Ashtoreth, The Nick Leonardo Orchestra, The Manarays, Jack’O'Roonie.
" A further thing that brings us together is something that has been with us since childhood and that we Belgians call: Belgitude…
"We quickly chose to adopt the type of production methods used by Roger Corman, commando cinema and DIY, to make a film with a budget of only 30 000 euros. Not always an easy challenge: We often ended with four of us on set, with just a camera and a knife clenched between teeth."
"DOUBLEPLUSUNGOOD was filmed in super-16mm colour film. Our photography choices were inspired by the work of people like William Klein, Jacob Holdt and William Eggleston. Dark nocturnal atmospheres.”
"You’ll have gathered that my cinema is eccentric, wild, dreamlike, outrageous, skint and filled with sex, violence and debauchery. "
Marco Laguna Director - Musician
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Design, Layout – Eric Adrian Lee
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