IndieWire Brand Review

It is only fitting that actor, comedian, and author Russell Brand has ramped up his activist side in the past several years, as few other recent figures in pop culture have tested the powers of public perception quite as strongly. Once a Dickensian stage caricature whose act was telegraphed as such, he’s exploded into fame, burned out on it, and since retreated into visions of inner peace and social justice. He’s kept and even grown a massive following on social media, and one of those members is Ondi Timoner, director of “Dig” and “We Live in Public,” and perhaps the perfect person to track Brand’s ambitions, contradictions, and self-described martyrdom.

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