God help the girl
UNITED KINGDOM – 2013 – 111 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY STUART MURDOCH
FEATURING EMILY BROWNING, OLLY ALEXANDER, HANNAH MURRAY
GOD HELP THE GIRL is a musical film written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian.
Eve’s a troubled young girl who also has a talent for singing and songwriting, which in the darkest of times, becomes her way forward. Music leads her to Glasgow where she meets James and Cassie, two kindred spirits each at crossroads of their own. Together they dive into the city’s music scene as their lives and lyrics intertwine. What follows is an uplifting story of renaissance, friendship and romance over a long, dream-like summer.
UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND – 2012 – 101 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY LISA BARROS D’SA AND GLENN LEYBURN
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative ulster, to bring his city back to life.
Based on the life of Terri Hooley, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.
USA – 2003 – 83 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY BERNARD SHAKEY (AKA NEIL YOUNG)
In Greendale, Neil Young has made what he calls a “musical novel” which tells the story of a family, the murder of a cop and the evolution of a young girl named Sun Green. Not a concert film, Young himself shot actors on locations on his native Northern California home turf to create his Greendale, a rural town that is a microcosm of a world in crisis.
In essence, GREENDALE is a tale of collective awakening told through ten interlinking songs performed by Young and his longtime amigos Crazy Horse, who never appear in the film, but Neil’s distinctive voice is heard singing the story as well as the dialogue of his lip-synching actors.
USA – 1982 – 80 MIN
A FILM BY BERNARD SHAKEY & DEAN STOCKWELL
“The director’s cut version of Neil Young’s mind-bending 1982 post-apocalyptic musical comedy, in which the rock legend writes, directs and stars alongside an eclectic and eccentric cast including Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper and Devo.
“One of the wilder visions Neil Young ever had, Human Highway is an anarchic satire conceived in the cauldron of Cold War America. It may also be the secret origin of The Simpsons.
“Now recut and restored according to Young’s own specifications, this fascinating but little-seen film was first released in 1982. Young had assembled a riotous band of players — Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell (who also co-directed the film), Sally Kirkland, and the members of Devo — whose combined energies produced a cinematic Molotov cocktail aimed straight at our society’s own cluelessness.
“Lionel Switch (Young) is an absolute nerd and the auto mechanic at a gas station owned by Otto (Stockwell). Otto also owns the adjacent diner, where the waitress (Kirkland) is unpredictable and the cook (Hopper) flat-out volatile. They all live in a town next door to a nuclear plant, but no one seems to worry. Lionel can’t believe that radiation is a real threat, since he’s worked on “almost every radiator in every car in town.” Their ignorance won’t matter much in the end, though, since this will be their last day on earth.
“Once described as ‘The Wizard of Oz on acid,’ HUMAN HIGHWAY plays like a Rowan & Martin pastiche with a wickedly radical core. Casting Mark Mothersbaugh and his Devo bandmates as nuclear plant workers was a master stroke, and it pays off in spades when they break into their own keening version of ‘Worried Man Blues.’
“It’s also a thrill to see Young play not just the geeky Lionel but his rock-star alter ego Frankie Fontaine, who teams up with Devo for an epic version of ‘Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).’ Three decades have passed, but Human Highway remains a thermonuclear reminder of the crazy, chaotic energy to be found at the end of the road.” – Toronto International Film Festival
Journey Through the Past
USA – 1974 – 79 MIN
A FILM BY BERNARD SHAKEY
“Neil Young’s first feature film cost some $350,000 and remains a sought-after artifact more than 30 years after its initial release. This documentary-fantasy hybrid combines footage of Young from 1966, when he was with Buffalo Springfield, to 1972 and visual non sequiturs like black-robed horsemen on a beach, a ‘grey-faced dude’ doing card tricks and the dazed every-youth who starts out in a newly minted college graduate’s cap and gown and ends up shooting drugs by the sea… It included performances by Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Dewey Martin, David Crosby and Graham Nash, and footage of Young living the life of a reluctant pop star. He grins his way through an uncomfortable radio-station appearance where the DJ mistakenly plays a Stills-era Buffalo Springfield song, signs an autograph for a motomouthed teenager (‘I already got Ringo’s and everybody else’s'), talks about his early drug experiences, takes a drive with his girlfriend, actress Carrie Snodgrass and philosophizes in a junkyard.” – TV Guide