Keira Knightley plays the titular model-turned-bounty hunter in Domino. It's very loosely based on the real story of actor Laurence Harvey's thrill-seeking daughter who died just a few months before the film was released. Sadly, director Tony Scott presented it as "fit-inducing riot of rock tracks and off-kilter camerawork" that turned off the critics and bombed at the box office.
Heads, You Win...
For a much more coherent and discerning look at the life of Domino Harvey check out the 20-minute featurette I Am A Bounty Hunter. Domino tells her own side of the story in excerpts of interview footage, boasting of how she could wheedle her way out of life-threatening situations just "with a smile". Her mother Paulene Stone offers her recollections too, but admits she never really knew what was going in Domino's life. The real-life Choco also contributes, along with screenwriter Richard Kelly and Scott - the latter revealing that he tried and failed to talk Domino out of the bounty hunting business. Perhaps the most surprising and maybe even defining aspect of her temperament was a "shyness" which was misconstrued as aloofness - something that definitely didn't come across in the film.
A clue as to what went wrong with this film is offered in the featurette Bounty Hunting On Acid. Instead of exploring Harvey's demons, frustrated rock star Scott explains that the film was about "exorcising my rock 'n' roll demon". He talks about a driving desire to experiment with the film medium while his crew attempts to justify all the camera trickery as reflective of Harvey's point of view. Hand-cracked cameras shooting six frames per second, colour reversal and cross-processing are just a few of the techniques Scott used and which prompt Kelly to dub him, "The Sid Vicious of British filmmakers."
A pint-sized Domino terrorises the nanny in one of seven deleted scenes for which Scott provides optional commentary. There's also an alternative love scene between Domino and Choco (Edgar Ramirez), which Scott explains was just too "gritty" and too "nasty" to be a credible love scene. He reckons with just a few simple cuts the end result was much more tender...
Kelly joins Scott for the main commentary although it's obvious they weren't in the same room at the same time. Scott talks about the genesis of the project (an article in The Sun) and the technical aspects of the production, while Kelly explains his decision to fabricate elements of the story. "The reality show concept," he says, "was a metaphor for this film not really being the truth."
An alternative track gives more direct insight into the process of development by patching together recordings from script meetings. Scott and Kelly comb through the tiniest details, like the goldfish motif, and struggle to reach agreement on bigger issues like the catwalk scene (the only nod to Domino's modelling career). Naturally Scott is concerned about the story moving too slowly and these disputes are usually resolved with, "Let's do a montage!" Whatever the outcome, this second track provides rare and intriguing access to the critical stages of shaping the film. Along with the featurette on Harvey's life, this DVD at least shows a different side to Domino.