The film Ex Drummer – based on a novel by Belgian author Herman Brusselmans – tells the story about a local rock ‘n’ roll band from Flanders who are looking for a replacement drummer. When a well-known writer with a manipulative streak and a hidden agenda joins the band as the new drummer, the band members find themselves sucked into a spiral of chaos and violence.
The long intro of Ex Drummer, including the title sequence, is played backwards. The titles appear in consecutive scenes as text on street signs, on a bus, and on a shop window. The names of the actors are written literally all over their faces. The voice-over offers background stories on the film’s main characters.
This is a title sequence that puts the audience straight into the film, without delay, in accordance with the direct, down-and-dirty, rock ‘n’ roll attitude of the film.
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About Koen Mortier
Koen Mortier is a Belgian director who’s made two short films before his debut feature ‘Ex Drummer’ from 2007. Together with two partners, Mortier founded the Belgian commercial agency Czar in 1998, for which he directed a number of award-winning commercials.