So what is this DVD? Is it, as I expected, the usual trash mixture of flashy and brashy interviews with the band and their managers and fans, endlessly full of pictures of them jetting round the world going, "Aw, I hate this job," as well as the usual pictures of glossy walks down red carpets that are prevalent in most other documentaries about manufactured pop bands?
Well, yes it is, but this documentary also seems to be much more than that. Billed as "a year following round Atomic Kitten", the filmmakers seem to do just that, and to my amazement I actually enjoyed watching it (there are some moments of terror and amazement as one of the darlings overcomes her fear of flying in helicopters by, well, being in one). There are also ample amounts of viewing them in states of true being, rather than the beauties we normally see, clad in make-up in front of the camera.
What separates this documentary from the run-of-the-mill ones is the fact that it all seems real. The times we see the girls jetting between three performances on the same day and seeing their reactions at the actual second that they come off-stage is something which can neither be staged nor scripted.
At no point was I left with the impression that the AK publicity machine had decided what was going to be talked about. Besides, following them around for a whole year, it would have been hugely difficult to fake it anyway.
Most importantly, though, the film is educational. It does show what life as a pop-star in one of these manufactured bands is really like (three performances in a day followed by a plane flight that night), and shows both its rewards and problems in equal measure - this is most definitely a film that should be watched by anyone who is considering becoming a pop star.
Warts and all is not an accurate way of describing this, because we all know that if these Kittens (and other groups) weren't enjoying this life, they wouldn't be doing it. It also shows that these ladies can SING, and jolly well too. This is great stuff- I urge you to try it.