Director: Toby Tobias
Screenplay: Toby Tobias
Starring: Iggy Pop, Kacey Barnfield, Ben Lamb
Duration: 83 mins
BBFC Certification: 15
I have always been a huge fan of Iggy Pop as a musician – in my opinion The Stooges are one of the greatest rock n roll bands of all time – but outside of a few episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I’ve not really experienced his work as an actor. So with this in mind, I was excited to see his first leading role in a film.
Pop plays Bill, an ageing rock star living with his young wife in a lavish home deep in the countryside of Spain. Bill is happy roaming the hills hunting rabbits whilst his wife, Isabelle (Kacey Barnfield) plays sexual games with the pool boy. Soon, Lucas (Ben Lamb) arrives at the villa to confront Isabelle, who was previously married to his father. Lucas is upset that he has been cut out of the will, with his father’s estate being left to Isabelle, but he also has plans to reignite his affair with her. Bill figures out Lucas’ plan and persuades him to stay, setting off a chain of events that will change everyone.
Blood Orange is the debut from writer/director Toby Tobias, who previously worked in music video production. This is evident in the stylish cinematography, and atmospheric lighting. Tobias has attempted to make a modern film noir full of suspense and sizzling sexuality, but fails to hit the mark. The film becomes tedious very quickly, and the story is very predictable.
Iggy is actually very good and is obviously having a great time with the role. Unfortunately, the rest of cast don’t fare so well. Kacey Barnfield is gorgeous to look at, but isn’t particularly believable as the character – I suspect she was cast more for her willingness to disrobe than her acting ability. The less said about charisma vacuum, Lamb, the better.
In conclusion, Blood Orange is a mercifully short film who’s only saving grace is an entertaining performance from Iggy Pop.
Blood Orange is distributed on DVD by Metrodome.