Noah set to premier rockumentary in November
Posted June 25, 2013on:
Riding their second-chance popularity, pop-rock band Noah – formerly famous as Peterpan – is ready to release a self-titled rockumentary directed by Putrama Tuta in November.
Although the film also includes the band’s formative years as Peterpan, it focuses on Noah’s rise from their career rock bottom.
“They went from zero to hero to downfall, and then from zero to hero again. Not many musicians have the fortune of getting a second chance, nor successfully making use of the second chance,” Putrama said at a film launch event earlier this week in South Jakarta.
All Noah members, namely, vocalist and frontman Nazril “Ariel” Irham, guitarists Mohammad “Uki” Kautsar Hikmat and Loekman Hakim, drummer Ilsyah Ryan Reza and keyboardist David Albert, are featured in the movie.
Putrama, who refused to call the film a rockumentary but instead a “music film”, said he had spent around a year closely following the band.
Late last year, Noah embarked on a tour simply dubbed the “Five-Country, Two-Continent Tour.” The one-hour concert series kicked off in Melbourne, continued to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore with its grand finale at Gandaria City mall in South Jakarta.
The band also held a series of concerts in the “Born to Make History” tour across eight major cities: Surabaya, Semarang, Padang, Palembang, Yogyakarta, Samarinda, Medan and Makassar.
Putrama said that it was inevitable to give a considerable portion of the movie to Ariel’s 2010 sex tape scandal.
“His imprisonment was at the center of the band’s downfall, but I wanted to capture how they managed to stay intact as a family and rose again together,” he said.
Ariel was sentenced to three years and six months in prison in January 2011 for being responsible for the creation of pornographic videos, which were later stolen and circulated by another individual. The scandal also involved models Luna Maya and Cut Tari.
Noah started as Peterpan, which was founded in 2000 by Ariel, Uki, Reza, Loekman, bassist Hendra “Indra” Suhendra, and keyboardist Andika Naliputra Wirahardja.
In 2003, they released their debut album Taman Langit (Sky Garden), which was commercially successful.
Their second album Bintang di Surga (Star in Heaven), released in 2004, rocketed them to fame with their singles receiving heavy rotation on radio and TV. Bintang di Surga reportedly sold more than 2.5 million copies.
In 2006 Indra and Andika left the group. The remaining members were allowed to use the name Peterpan until the end of 2008. David joined the remaining members in 2008.
They released one album and one greatest hits collection under the name Peterpan in 2007 and 2008, respectively, but failed to repeat the success of Bintang di Surga.
The band stalled on announcing their new name and for a while went under the descriptor “Ariel, Uki, Lukman, Reza and David.”
The fans and public were waiting for the band’s new name when the sex tape scandal emerged.
While Ariel was still in prison, the band performed a concert, “Tanpa Nama” (Nameless) in Jakarta in May.
In July 2012, Ariel was released from Kebonwaru Penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, after being granted parole. A month later, they announced their new name, Noah and released a book Kisah Lainnya (Other Stories) chronicling the band’s journey.
As if to maintain the momentum, they released a new album Seperti Seharusnya (Like It Should Be) in September.
Frontman Ariel said the band initially questioned the film plan as proposed by 700 Pictures and Berlian Entertainment.
“We went through a lot of talks. I can’t disclose the content of the talks, but we needed quite some time before agreeing to the project,” said Ariel.
“We didn’t want the film to be just another band movie, we wanted something better. I hope the movie can inspire others to keep moving forward in their struggles, especially aspiring musicians,” he added.