How exactly one adapts a poem that can be read in full in ninety seconds into a feature film, much less one that is apparently going to have several sequels, I don’t know. All I know is, it stars Pete Doherty, who’s currently on a career upswing, is apparently based on one of the great poems of Irish literature, written the year before Ireland earned its independence from the British Empire (which technically makes it British literature), so I feel justified in talking about it.
Pete Doherty seems to be the main focus of a newly-released trailer for a film called The Second Coming Pt. 1. I honestly can’t tell much about what the film’s story will be; judging by the trailer, the film will be focused around strange events that may or may not be supernatural, some research into the occult (to those familiar with Yeats, this shouldn’t be too susprising), and Pete Doherty doing some stuff around his apartment. Sadly, the trailer never really explains if any of these elements are really related to one another. Whether this is due to its teaser status or the film really being that weird, I’m currently intrigued. Quite frankly, I hope it’s the latter.
The film will feature seven people in seven stories in seven countries. Presumably, the answer to my query in the opening paragraph is simple: use the poem as a jumping-off point. Also, the movie will be in two parts. I am finding hardly any information as to what any of these stories may be. All I know is cult Australian underground director Richard Wolstencroft is directing the story, and it also stars Michael Tierney, Gene Gregorits, Jerome Alexander, Kim Fowley, Kristen Condon, Nina Antonia, Larry and Tora Wessel, Giddle Partridge, Richard Wolstencroft, Marco Costa, Katarina Matos, Michael Lib, Shaun Partridge, Regan Kibbee, Jason Mac, Emma Eliza Regan, and many others.
A Co-actor said of Pete’s performance : “Well with regard to Pete… my lips are sealed. But I think he is a true talent, an original and a poetic soul.” So, basically, the details for this film are very scarce.
This will not be Pete Doherty’s first foray into film acting: He played a leading role in Sylvie Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century a few years ago, and, according to IMDb, also played a character called “Friend of Mik” in a film called Rock and Roll F***’n’Lovely (The asterisks aren’t in the original title, by the way).
In addition to the recently announced upcoming reunion of the Libertines, and this film, Pete’s either reaching new heights in his career, or he’s at point where he’ll do anything for money. Quite frankly, at this point, either one seems plausible, and only time will tell which one.