After 22 years of playing for the world's greatest football teams, David Beckham has retired. For the first time, he has freedom to go on an adventure. He's chosen Brazil, and he's taking his closest mates to join him on a once in a lifetime experience. One of the three best friends enlisted by Becks is renowned director Anthony Mandler, who artfully captures their unforgettable journey with the documentary Into the Unknown. View the trailer here.
Following its UK premiere on BBC One, Into the Unknown made its stateside debut on Showtime on Friday, June 13th, just in time for the FIFA World Cup. Mandler’s 90-minute film chronicles their adventure, starting with their send-off in Rio. Traveling by motorbike and boat, and guided by locals, Beckham and friends ride deep into the Amazon rainforest, ending up with the remote Yanonami tribe. Along the way, the superstar muses on family, friends, and the game that made him a household name.
Anthony Mandler gives viewers a candid glimpse of David Beckham’s road to self-discovery from the unique position of a friend and confidant sharing in the adventure. Scenes reveal a different side to Beckham as they venture deeper into the stunning landscape and farther away from the glare of the limelight. By the end of the trip, we see him liberated by the complete anonymity found in the Yanonami village.
One of the most sought-after music video directors of today, Anthony Mandler is known for creating the brand-altering visuals for the biggest names in music, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Lana del Rey and Taylor Swift. Recent years have seen Mandler burst into the advertising world with the same force, with global campaigns for high-profile brands including Lexus, Cadillac, Almay, Max Factor, 1800 Tequila, Nike, and Samsung. He is represented by internationally renowned production company Believe Media for commercial work in the US and Europe, and continues to direct music videos under his own banner, Black Hand Cinema.