Our Eleventh Annual Festival of Film Noir !!
Jul 18 to Jul 27
Friday to the following Sunday!
1940s to 1950s - 10 days of 5 double features in the dark amongst friends & strangers!
It's 11 years now since our first foray into this enticing darkened corner of film fests! For ten amazing nights the Guild Cinema will host the most exciting film noir program to hit Albuquerque in years: CLASSIC FILM NOIR FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE!
Marvel at ten great and influential noir films--spanning the classic years 1940 through 1956--and presented in five dynamic double features, each one playing for two nights! These ten films have been carefully culled from the vast expanse of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Guild by Elliot Lavine, curator of the nationally known annual film noir extravaganza "I Wake Up Dreaming."
All ten films will be coming to the Guild via the Warner Archive who will be providing the best available digital transfers, all brilliant and sharp and guaranteed to deliver a fantastic picture! The Guild would like to thank Matt Patterson with the Warner Archive for his invaluable assistance!
Fri & Sat July 18 & 19:
THE UNSUSPECTED (4:45, 8:25)
Could the on-air host of a popular mystery radio program actually be a cold-blooded homicidal killer? The caustic wit of the screenplay nearly overshadows the gothic weirdness of the film itself in one of Hollywood's great unsung and nearly forgotten noir classics; vividly atmospheric and beautifully played by a stellar Warner Bros. cast including Claude Rains, Joan Caulfield, Audrey Totter, Hurd Hatfield, Constance Bennett. Photographed by Elwood "Woody" Bredell. From the novel by Charlotte Armstrong. Directed by Michael Curtiz. In B&W. 103 mins. 1947.
STRANGER ON THE 3rd FLOOR (7pm only)
After an ambitious newspaper reporter's testimony sends a hapless cabbie to death row for a murder he didn't commit, pangs of guilt begin to set in. When the reporter suddenly finds himself on trial for murder, the wheels of injustice yet again spin madly out of control. Widely considered to be the first true American studio noir film, this brilliantly realized B picture is a veritable catalog of nearly every noir convention that would follow. Starring John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Elisha Cook, Jr. and Peter Lorre as the stranger. Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Written by Frank Partos. Directed by Boris Ingster. In B&W. 65 mins. 1940.
Sun & Mon July 20 & 21:
THE UNFAITHFUL (4:45, 9:15)
With her husband out of town, a happily married woman is attacked in her home one night and in the struggle manages to kill the intruder. Gradually a strange and shocking backstory is revealed that could destroy the lives of several people. A brooding and provocative tale of gathering menace, from an original screenplay by noir maestro David Goodis. Starring Ann Sheridan, Zachary Scott, Lew Ayres, Eve Arden. Photographed by Ernest Haller. Directed by Vincent Sherman. In B&W. 109 mins. 1947.
NORA PRENTISS (7pm only)
What begins as an innocent attraction between two strangers--a respectable, married doctor and a nightclub singer--quickly festers into a sizzling love affair. In a moment of madness a treacherous scheme is born that will signal danger and doom. Dazzling, brilliantly filmed romantic noir, long unappreciated and certainly due for exposure at the Roxie! Starring Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Bruce Bennett, Robert Alda, Wanda Hendrix. Photographed by James Wong Howe. Directed by Vincent Sherman. In B&W. 111 mins. 1947.
Tues & Wed July 22 & 23:
THE LOCKET (5pm, 8:45)
Just before his wedding, the bridegroom hears an incredible tale that suggests his beautiful bride might be dangerously disturbed and possibly even a murderess! An intricate tale of death and deception that ingeniously and famously turns the time-honored flashback convention inside out. Visually sumptuous and unforgettable. Starring Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, Gene Raymond, Ricardo Cortez. Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Directed by John Brahm. In B&W. 85 mins. 1946.
THE WINDOW (7pm only)
The "boy who cried wolf" scenario is stretched to unbearably suspenseful limits when a nine year old kid with a hyper-active imagination witnesses a brutal murder through the apartment window across the way. Naturally, with the boy's reputation for fabricating tall tales, no one believes him. Except the killers, of course. Exceptionally exciting to the very end. Starring Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Bobby Driscoll. Photographed by Robert De Grasse. From a story by Cornell Woolrich. Directed by Ted Tetzlaff. In B&W. 73 mins. 1949.
Thurs & Fri July 24 & 25:
HIGHWAY 301 (5:15, 8:45)
A gang of desperate armed robbers led by a psychotic killer spread a wave of terror throughout the southeast, wantonly killing anyone who gets in their way. One of the last great gangster noirs, breathlessly paced and brutally violent. Based on a true story. Starring Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby Andre, Robert Webber, Aline Towne. Photographed by Carl E. Guthrie. Written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. In B&W. 83 mins. 1950.
SPLIT SECOND (7pm only)
A vicious killer and his gang crash out of prison and hold a group of hostages in a Nevada ghost town where an atom bomb test is set to happen the following morning! Tension escalates to the boiling point as loyalties among the gang gradually begin to shift. Nuclear noir for the Fallout Generation. Starring Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes, Paul Kelly. Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Screenplay by William Bowers and Irving Wallace. Directed by Dick Powell. In B&W. 85 mins. 1953.
Sat & Sun July 26 & 27:
WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (4:30, 8:45)
Internal power struggles at a New York newspaper serve as the backdrop for this unwholesome tale of sex and murder. An ambitious editor exploits the recent series of brutal sex-slayings that has the city in a panic by using fear and greed as motivating principles. A brilliant noir melodrama, and one of this great director's signature American films. Starring Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino, John Drew Barrymore. Photographed by Ernest Laszlo. Screenplay by Casey Robinson. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 100 mins. 1956.
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (7pm only)
In order to call attention to the inequities of the death penalty, a writer conspires with his editor to have himself framed for murder, tried, convicted and sentenced to death despite being innocent. Fate steps in to deliver a bizarre twist to this ingenious tale from one of the true founding fathers of film noir. Starring Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Barbara Nichols. Photographed by William E. Snyder. Written by Douglas Morrow. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 80 mins. 1956.
Jul 26 to Jul 27
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Jeremy Snead - 2014 - 100m - All Seats $7
From executive producer Zach Braff comes an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.
Saturday at 1 p.m. ONLY!
Dir. Justine Nagan - 2009 - 63m - $5 AIGA NM members / $10 General
AN AIGA NM PRESENTATION!
In rural Wisconsin, a lone employee waits in a cavernous old museum for visitors to come. A few individuals straggle in every few days and then, come Friday, the museum fills with life. Machines hum, presses print, artists buzz about. One weekend each month, the quiet of Two Rivers is interrupted as carloads of artisans drive in from across the Midwest. The place comes alive as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with, some of the nation's top design talent descend on the sleepy enclave.
In a time when people can carry computers in their pockets and watch TV while walking down the street, Typeface dares to explore the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. At Hamilton, international artisans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. But the Museum¹s days may be numbered. What is the responsibility of artists and historians to preserve a dying craft? How can rural towns survive in a shifting industrial marketplace where big-box retailers are king?
"Typeface touches on notions about globalization and the nature of authenticity, turning a seemingly quaint subject into a meditation on the pressing issues of the day." - Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
Code Black - Special one time screening!
Sunday 1 p.m.
Dir. Ryan McGarry - 2013 - 81m - No Matinees
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In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States.” CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor's-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate – bringing us face to face with America's only 24/7 safety net.
Best Documentary winner at Los Angeles Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award Winner at both Denver Starz Film Festival and Aspen FilmFest
"RIVETING! MCGARRY HAS CREATED SOMETHING THAT FEELS PERSONAL, VITAL AND REVELATORY.” - LOS ANGELES TIMES
“ELECTRIFYING, A REMARKABLY CANDID AND KINETIC DOCUMENTARY ABOUT EMERGENCY MEDICINE THAT COULD PROBABLY ONLY HAVE BEEN MADE BY AN ER DOCTOR” - WALL STREET JOURNAL
“INTIMATE AND INFORMED” - LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
“VERY MOVING! AN ABSORBING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT [LA COUNTY’S] FAMED EMERGENCY ROOM” - VILLAGE VOICE
“DYNAMIC AND WELL BALANCED: FINDS THE VITAL SIGNS IN AN AILING SYSTEM” - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“PROVIDES A FASCINATING AND DRAMATIC LOOK INTO THE ER. IT ALSO SHEDS LIGHT ON HEALTH CARE REFORM AS SEEN BY THOSE IN THE TRENCHES.” - FILM PULSE
Speedy plus Buster Keaton's THE GOAT with live film score!
Aug 9 to Aug 10
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Ted Wilde - 1928 - 85m - An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB event! $5 general / $2 AFC members!
BONUS! Local acoustic alternative alt-country banjo jazz tuba duo BaBa to perform a live music score to Buster Keaton's silent short THE GOAT!
Silent icon Harold Lloyd epitomizes Gotham’s scrappy go-getters as Harold “Speedy” Swift, who fights to save the city’s last horsecar from merger-happy street rail men. Lloyd’s laffer also boasts thrilling on-location tours of a bygone New York—particularly when the multihyphenate takes Babe Ruth on a high-octane taxi ride to the Bronx’s Yankee Stadium.
At the time of this picture's release, Lloyd was a top box-office draw, a bigger moneymaker than Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton!
The Painting - AS PART OF OUR ANIMATION AUGUST MIDWEEKS!
Aug 12 to Aug 14
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 5:45, 7:30
Dir. Jean-Francois Laguionie - 2012 - 78m - French/Japan
NOTE: the 4:00 screenings will be in English, the remaining screenings at 5:45 and 7:30 will be in French with English subtitles
In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters – and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, Ramo, Lola, Quill and Magenta explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations.
“A Wonder! Rapturous! Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise! Laguionie brings the viewer gently up to the edge of some very large ideas and then, in a final scene that has the power to lift the hairs on your head, brings Lola the seeker to a moment of revelation and light. And then he has the imagination to go beyond that!" - The Boston Globe
"Enchanting! This consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages! A constant feast for the eyes!" - Variety
"A Wondrous Discovery!"- Premiere
"Gorgeous! A True Objet d'Art" - The New York Times
"A Joy!" - Village Voice
"Magnificent!" - L'Express
"So refreshing, so satisfying, that it shows traditional animation is far from exhausted!" - Le Monde
Saturday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Susan Abod - 2014 - 56m - All Seats $5 - DIRECTOR IN PERSON FOR INTRODUCTION AND POST-SCREENING Q&A
Imagine your house is making you dangerously sick. Common products like paint, carpeting, new building materials and insecticides are now your worst enemies. Your bones ache, you're feverish, you suffer from extreme headaches, disabling fatigue, mental confusion, asthma and nausea. The longer you stay in your house, the sicker you get but you can't imagine how or where you're going to find a safe home. You are one of the millions suffering from the silent epidemic of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).
In Homesick, Susan Abod hits the road to learn whether other people with MCS are finding safe housing. On her journey to the Southwestern United States, Susan meets people from all walks of life. Their living quarters range from a house on stilts to tents and a teepee.
"A fascinating collection of interviews with people with MCS and tours of their homes…validating and informative” - Barbara Morrison, Canary Times
Welcome to the Space Show - AS PART OUR AUGUST ANIMATION MID WEEKS!
Aug 19 to Aug 21
Tuesday to Thursday 2:00, 4:45, 7:30
Dir. Koji Masunari - 2010 - 136m - Japan - In English
"A big pile of awesome!" "Evocative of Ghost in the Shell by way of Yellow Submarine. Colors explode and the action is eclectic… Whether you're watching steampunk machinery, huge organic living spaceships, utopian paradises, apocalyptic dormant gods or evil circuses, this galactic tour is engrossing!" - Twitch
"A gorgeous spectacle of a movie!" - Anime News Network
"A sheer abundance of visual invention!" "An endless succession of strange and wondrous alien creatures...some resemble the creations of Hayao Miyazaki, while others bring to mind the wild cartoonish figures of Satoshi Kon's Paprika." - The New York Times
With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design – in what has to be one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of alien life forms ever portrayed in cinema.
It seems like just another lazy summer is in store for Amane and her older cousin Natsuki. Lolling about the Japanese countryside, the days are blithe and boundless. But boredom quickly vanishes when they find an injured dog in the woods and bring him back to the cabin – only to discover that he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant called Zughaan (better known to Earthlings as wasabi root). Before long, Pochi has whisked the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar melting pot where we experience a non-stop parade of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, dragon trains, and – if that weren’t enough – a theme song from UK pop anomaly Susan Boyle. (Really? Yes, really.) The plot twists come fast and furious, and with such a glorious barrage of color and invention washing across the screen, you just want to hit pause and gawk at the wonder of what you are seeing.
Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds
Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Sean Kaminsky - 2014 - 70m - All Seats $7
BONUS! Q&A with seed stewards Isaura Andaluz and Michael Reed of Cuatro Puerto (one of the plaintiffs in the OSGATA vs Monsanto lawsuit!)
One of the world's most precious resources is at risk. This film will help others learn what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. While the price of gold and oil skyrockets the fate of our most priceless commodity is ignored. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. They are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink... but given far less attention. Over the past one hundred years, seeds have steadily shifted from being common heritage to sovereign property. This film tells the story of seeds by following the challenges and triumphs of some of their most tireless stewards and advocates.
Patema Inverted - AS PART OUR AUGUST ANIMATION MID WEEKS!
Aug 26 to Aug 28
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 6:15, 8:30
Dir. Yasuhiro Yoshiura - 2014 - 99m - Japan
NOTE: the 4:00 screenings will be in English, the remaining shows at 6:15 and 8:30 will be in Japanese with English subtitled.
Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-like creature and tumbles headlong into a void – and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics, where if she let go she would “fall up” into the sky and be lost forever.
Age is a student on this surface world, a totalitarian society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the “sinners who fell into the sky.” When he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling with all his might to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Together their weights cancel each other out, and once they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces, they set out to evade the leaders of Age’s world and discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart.
2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts
Aug 29 to Sep 4
Friday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30
Dir. Various - 2014 - 94m
Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 94-minute theatrical program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival, which over the course of its 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. With both fiction and documentary, the diverse 2014 program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand the meaning of life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition.
Afronauts - It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon. Written and directed by Frances Bodomo. USA, 12 minutes.
The Cut - Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction - The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut. Written and directed by Geneviève Dulude-Decelles. Canada, 15 minutes.
Dawn - A quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. Directed by Rose McGowan, Written by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. USA, 17 minutes.
I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked - Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction - A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone. Directed by Yuval Hameiri, Co-Director: Michal Vaknin. Israel, 9 minutes.
I'm a Mitzvah - A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico. Directed by Ben Berman, Written by Ben Berman, Josh Cohen. USA, 19 minutes.
Love. Love. Love. - Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction - Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms. Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia, 12 minutes.
MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” - George Bizet`s "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet. Written and directed by Daniel Moshel. Austria, 5 minutes.
Verbatim - A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio. Directed by Brett Weiner, Screenwriter: Court Document. USA, 7 minutes.
Aug 30 to Aug 31
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. George Stevens - 1953 - 118m - As part of our WEEKEND WESTERN series! All Seats $5
A timeless western in which an enigmatic gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer). Shane's growing attraction to Starrett's wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and his fondness for their son Joey (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes Shane, force Shane to realize that he must thwart Ryker's plan.
"Wyoming's scenic splendors against which the story is filmed are breathtaking. Sunlight, the shadow of rain storms and the eerie lights of night play a realistic part in making the picture a visual treat." - William Brogdon, Variety
"For Shane contains something more than beauty and the grandeur of the mountains and plains, drenched by the brilliant Western sunshine and the violent, torrential, black-browed rains…" - Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"SHANE isn't just one of the best movies of its genre or decade -- it's one of the finest films ever made." - Richard Luck, Film4
Saturday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Faythe Levine and Sam Macon - 2014 - 80m - $5 AIGA Members / $10 General
AN AIGA NM PRESENTATION!
There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.
“Through the individual stories, a larger narrative surfaces about this art form and its fate over time... It is a cautionary tale about the head-long rush into a technology-driven time and a meditation on what’s lost along the way. It is a reminder to look around and recognize the physical history in our presence every day.” —Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist
Sunday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. James Erskine - 96m - No Matinees
In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man versus mountain, athlete versus addiction, Marco Pantani versus himself.
"Filmmaker James Erskine gives even the most profoundly uninitiated viewer (such as me) plenty of opportunities to understand, cheer for, and mourn the man…" - MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"James Erskine crafts an empathetic portrait of the athlete, who came from nothing to gain everything and then lose it all." - Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
God Help The Girl
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Stuart Murdoch - 2014 - 111m - ALL SEATS $8
The directorial film debut from the lead singer and songwriter of celebrated indie band Belle & Sebastian!
Eve is a catastrophe-low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a pop group. In God Help the Girl, writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop's biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who have no qualms about breaking into song and dance. While a treat for the eyes, thanks to the candy-colored cinematography, as well as the ears, thanks to Murdoch's undeniable gift for crafting fantastic pop songs, it's the top-notch cast that delivers the film. Star turns from Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty, Sucker Punch), Olly Alexander (Le Week-End, Bright Star) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins) elevate what might have been an exercise in twee to an emotional, heartfelt film that will resonate with audiences of all ages.
"Polished, poised and endearingly confident, driven by editing and performances every bit as precise as the wordplay in Murdoch's lyrics." - Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Stuart Murdoch's story of three Scottish misfits who start a band is rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen." - David Fear, Esquire Magazine