Hey guys, just wanted to let you know about this new film opening on Fri., 12/7 at Landmark's Nuart Theatre, which features a pretty awesome soundtrack. CALIFORNIA SOLO features tracks by the Charlatans, T Rex, and Clinic, as well as an original song that Robert Carlyle sings in the film, which was written specifically for the movie by Adam Franklin, the frontman of Swervedriver and the Bolts of Melody. There are two versions - a "band version" that is on the soundtrack performed by Adam Franklin, and an acoustic version as performed by Robert Carlyle in the film. The two versions are quite different, but both have Dylan-esque qualities to them. CALIFORNIA SOLO was named by Rolling Stone as "one of the 10 Best Music Films" of the festival at the Sundance Film Festival.
Robert Carlyle, star of the film, will also be making a special appearance on opening night. Just a little bit about the film: Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting) plays Lachlan MacAldonich, a former Britpop rocker who has settled into a comfortably numb existence in farm country just outside Los Angeles. By day, he works on an organic farm and travels regularly to the city’s farmers’ markets to sell produce. By night, he retreats to his crummy apartment to record "Flame-Outs," his podcast that recounts the tragic deaths of great musicians. The only spark in his humdrum existence is Beau, played by Alexia Rasmussen (Our Idiot Brother, Listen to Your Heart), a lovely struggling actress and amateur chef who frequents the Silver Lake farmers’ market. One night, Lachlan gets pulled over for a DUI, a charge that dredges up his past drug offense and threatens him with deportation. Lachlan’s only hope of staying in the U.S. is proving that his removal would cause “extreme hardship” to a U.S. citizen spouse or relative. Lachlan contacts his estranged ex-wife and daughter, raising past demons that he must finally confront. CALIFORNIA SOLO is a human story about post-fame life and personal redemption. Written and directed by Marshall Lewy (Bluestate).