Magazine article Screen International

Katy Perry: Part of Me

Magazine article Screen International

Katy Perry: Part of Me

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Dirs: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz. US. 2012. 88mins

The makers of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never give the same treatment to another pop music sensation in Katy Perry: Part Of Me, an entertaining 3D documentary that mixes flashy coverage of Perry's eye-popping stage show with relatively frank backstage and biographical material.

The unraveling of the relationship gives some structure to what would otherwise be a pretty aimless documentary.

The personal stuff - which includes a segment on the breakup of Perry's tabloid-fodder marriage to British comedian Russell Brand - will provide an extra marketing hook when Part Of Me opens in North America over the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend. Worldwide distributor Paramount will be hoping that rival new release The Amazing Spider-Man leaves enough of a young female audience available for Part Of Me to have a shot at matching Never Say Never's impressive $73m domestic take.

With its more global flavour, the Perry film may have an edge over the Bieber documentary in the international marketplace, where Never Say Never managed a less impressive $25m.

Most of the film was shot during Perry's 2011 world tour in support of her double platinum Teenage Dreams album. Taking a slightly different approach than they did in Never Say Never, directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz spread numbers from the stage show evenly through the film, using multiple camera angles to capture the cartoonish sets and energetic dance routines.

In between the songs are clips from old home movies, glimpses backstage, scenes of Perry meeting fans in the US, Europe, Japan, Brazil and Australia and interviews with the singer's family and creative and business collaborators. …

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