This documentary about British pop star Robbie Williams follows him on his last European tour. The film isn’t much concerned with the concert footage, which is frequently shot with a hand-held camera in grainy black and white. Instead, as the title suggests, the focus is Williams’ stardom. We live in a world where fifteen minutes of fame far exceeds the attention span of the average pop consumer.The pressures of fame and saturation tabloid publicity leave Williams with no privacy. Director Brian Hill and Williams want us to experience this flipside of all the adulation and money and success. It’s no wonder Williams is exhausted and depressed at the beginning of the tour, although he regains his love of the music as the touring machine rolls on and gains momentum. What keeps Williams sane in his unreal world is irreverence. He may show no more of himself than Madonna did in Truth Or Dare: In Bed With Madonna, but he does it with a winning combination of cheek and vulnerability.
Glossier coverage of the concerts surely wouldn’t have hurt the filmmakers’ credibility. And the director’s occasional comments are mostly redundant. But Nobody Someday is a fascinating peek at the pressures of multi-media fame in the 21st century (it’s also the companion piece to a photographic book released last Christmas – Somebody Someday – that covers the same tour).(The second in a series of six short takes on the 2002 Sydney Film Festival - see also The Inside Story, Lovely & Amazing, Making Venus, The Slaughter Rule and Lost in La Mancha)