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★★★☆☆Scottish musicals are a lot like buses - you wait years for one to come along and then two arrive near simultaneously. Following Dexter Fletcher's all-singing, all-dancing Proclaimers crowdpleaser Sunshine on Leith last year, Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's Glasgow-set debut, God Help the Girl (2014), is a far smaller, quainter and cooler affair. For better or worse, it's close to watching one of their records writ large on screen, with their whimsical but doleful tunes intact. While Murdoch's directorial style will be too arch at times, it ultimately wins you over like a breeze of fresh Caledonian air. Emily Browning plays Eve, a lonely, anorexic twentysomething in a Glasgow hospital.
- CineVue UK
Director: Stuart Murdoch
Run Time: 111 minutes
Synopsis: Set in Glasgow Scotland over a long summer, we follow Eve on her road back to health after suffering with an eating disorder. Whilst healing through music she crosses paths with James and Cassie, two peers who share her musical affinity.
God Help The Girl is a film directed by the head of band Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch. The film follows manic-depressive, anorexia-recovering Eve, played by Emily Browning. Eve wants to sing, and will do anything to make her dream come true, even if that means escaping the hospital where she is being cared for. After escaping Eve bunks with James, a romantic idealist who is worn-out by the music scene after being part of a band that fell apart. The two begin a rather coy and intense friendship/flirtation as they then go »
- Kat Smith
Like your movies indie with a Instagram-filter style lenses and eccentric retro dress sense? Then you should probably check out the teaser trailer for God Help the Girl below…
God Help the Girl is a coming of age tale set in Glasgow over the course of one hazy summer. Written, directed and with original songs by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian, God Help the Girl is a story of a young girl’s problems entering adult life, uniquely told through a soundtrack of indie pop. God Help the Girl stars Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Magic Magic), Olly Alexander (Great Expectations and the forthcoming The Riot Club) and Hannah Murray (Skins, Game of Thrones) and was produced by twice Oscar-nominated producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums). The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2014 and was awarded a special jury prize at the festival. God Help the Girl »
- Oliver Davis
Belle and Sebastian honcho Stuart Murdoch's first foray into the world of film, God Help the Girl, will see release in theaters and on-demand on September 5th. The movie tells the story of Eve, an aspiring songwriter who meets fellow musicians James and Cassie during her first summer in Glasgow. Murdoch wrote and directed the film, and has now released a clip in which the trio's newly formed pop outfit performs one of Eve's songs for the first time.
"This is the first time that the three friends get together with the other musicians, »
God Help the Girl is a long-gestating musical film project from Stuart Murdoch, leader of Scottish indie pop group Belle and Sebastian. Having first released an album of the same name in 2009 with the help of various female vocalist collaborators, the first-time screenwriter and director finally got the intended film off the ground thanks to the efforts of Us producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bridesmaids) and some Kickstarter donations.
Shot and set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film follows the initially hospital-bound Eve (Emily Browning), who takes on songwriting to help her woes, collaborating with musicians James (Olly Alexander) and Cassie (Hannah Murray). Murdoch’s film got fairly positive buzz from its world and European premieres at Sundance and Berlin respectively, winning an award for its ensemble cast at the former festival.
Some early reviews made some very enticing comparisons to the work of both Jacques Demy and Scottish »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Already one of music's finest storytellers, Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's move into directing with "God Help The Girl" made natural sense. That it was a musical, also made sense. Unfortunately, the resulting film got a mixed reception at Sundance (our review), but there's always the music. "God Help The Girl" finds the cast of Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray doing the songs from Murdoch's 2009 album of the same, with three new tunes in the mix as well: "Pretty When the Wind Blows," "I Dumped You First," and "I'm Not Rich." And you can get a flavor of it with the title track sung by Browning and co. and yeah, it's totally Murdoch-esque and if you're been a fan of Belle and Sebastian, this will be right up your alley of twee (but not overly so) pop. "God Help The Girl" opens in the UK on August 16th, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Company’s increased acquisition drive includes post Cannes purchase of boxing drama Bleed For This.
Rome-based distributor Notorious Pictures made its debut today on the Italian Aim market, the country’s alternative capital market for small and medium-sized companies.
Founded in 2012, the company has seen rapid growth over the last 18 months, climbing to number four in Italy’s distributor rankings for the first three months of 2014, from number 10 in 2013.
Notorious Pictures CEO and founder Guglielmo Marchetti told ScreenDaily in an exclusive interview that the €7.5m ($10m) raised through the move would be used to increase acquisitions and enter production.
The €7.5m ($10m) represents roughly 10.3% of the company’s total capital, said Marchetti, who controls the remaining 89.7%.
“Becoming a public quoted company is an important step for Notorious,” said Marchetti. “It gives us access to new sources of finance which will enable us to further expand.
“There are two poles of growth we want to pursue. Firstly »
IFC Midnight has acquired Us rights to The Vicious Brothers’ Tribeca sci-fi horror Extraterrestrial from Vicarious Entertainment, Twin Engine Films and Buffalo Films. Separately, Film Movement has picked up Belle And Sebastian.
CAA arranged financing and brokered the deal. Cargo Entertainment handles foreign sales.
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New York-based Film Movement has acquired all U.S. rights to WWII-set adventure tale “Belle and Sebastian,” the bigscreen adaptation of the classic French novel about the friendship between a young boy and his dog.
Pic has proven a hit in France, grossing over $23 million, and also scored more than $10 million in Italy.
- Elsa Keslassy
The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
Whishaw, who played Q in the latest James Bond film Skyfall, will co-star with Billie Piper in Foxtrot, the first TV drama by acclaimed playwright Polly Stenham, about an ill-fated heist by an all-girl gang.
Perry will appear in The Dog Thrower, a near silent 30-minute comedy written and directed by Jon Ronson with a soundtrack by Belle and Sebastian. Delevingne will make her TV acting debut alongside Sylvia Syms in Timeless, written by Tim Firth, about a young woman whose fiance is serving in Afghanistan.
Other stars appearing in the latest Playhouse season include Jo Brand, who will star in Damned, »
- John Plunkett
The Friends star will team up with comic Tim Key and Fresh Meat's Kimberley Nixon for the one-off feature, which follows the story of a nervous young man (Key) who attempts to become popular by copying a charismatic man who is throwing his dog in the air in front of a crowd.
Scottish indie stars Belle and Sebastian are producing the soundtrack.
The Dog Thrower was written by Jon Ronson and will air on May 1 on Sky Arts.
Perry is currently working in the Us on a TV remake of The Odd Couple.
Playhouse Presents is a Sky Arts drama and comedy strand, which pushes original and innovative UK writing.
London, Feb 27: Arctic Monkeys have won five trophies at 2014's NME awards, including best British band and best album.
The Indie rock band had also recently received two trophies at the Brit Awards, the BBC reported.
Other winners of the night included, Scottish indie band Belle and Sebastian, who won the outstanding contribution to music award, Lily Allen was dubbed the best solo artist and Sir Paul McCartney collected a songwriting award.
While the 'Godlike Genius' award went to veteran Us band Blondie, Haim were named the best international band.
NME Awards 2014 winners in full:
Godlike Genius - Blondie
Songwriters' Songwriter - Paul McCartney
Award For Innovation - Damon Albarn
- Diksha Singh
Recently, with Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers proved that films with little narrative nor direction, about fledging singer songwriters, can be completely charming, wonderful and triumphant. However for first time filmmaker Stuart Murdoch, the frontman of twee indie pop outfit Belle and Sebastian, God Help the Girl goes against that notion entirely, as his very first deviation into the world of film is regrettably underwhelming.
Emily Browning plays Eve, a young girl living in Glasgow, in and out of hospital as she suffers from anxiety and anorexia. To help her get through life she writes music, and it’s at a gig where she meets nerdy guitarist James (Olly Alexander), who instantly hits it off with our protagonist, as he proposes the idea of forming a band. As music works by way of escapism for Eve, she seeks solace in melody, and when they recruit fellow musician Cass (Hannah Murray »
- Stefan Pape
As the masterful pop songsmith behind Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch has always shown a flare for storytelling. His songs are filled with outcasts and rebels eager to take on the world, or at least find a little peace in it. So it’s only natural that his musical film is at once madcap and melancholy. The film takes place over a summer in which two young women and one young man chase the idea of being in a band. Emily Browning has a magnetic screen presence as a mentally troubled would-be pop sensation trying to figure out what it all »
Sundance just ended, and we are already preparing for the next big film festival, South By Southwest. Not too long ago, the festival announced a few of the films premiering this year, but now they’ve announced the main slate. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get you excited. Along with many World Premieres, and Sundance favorites like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the line up also includes an anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and an extended Q&A screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson. SXSW 2014 runs March 7 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the line up after the jump.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative »
Today the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The 2014 program expands on SXSW tradition of embracing a range of genres and span of budgets, featuring a wealth of vision from experienced and developing filmmakers alike.
For more information visit http://sxsw.com/film.
Listed in the announcement are 115 of the features that will screen over the course of nine days at SXSW 2014. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase was 14% over 2013. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 5, with the complete »
- Movie Geeks
Not sure if there is a Short Term 12 equivalent in this year’s Narrative Feature Comp, but on paper SXSW programmers are serving up a mean (and the usual lean group of 8 out of a whopping 1,324 film entries) for the upcoming competitiuon of eight which includes notable entries (that we’ve been tracking for a good time now) such as Zachary Wigon’s The Heart Machine, John Magary’s The Mend, Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns and Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Canaries. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated docs of the year, on the non-fiction side we find Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the other sections (notable world preems in We’ll Never Have Paris and Faults (see Mary Elizabeth Winstead above), some Sundance items with Texan connections and other nuggets.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight »
- Eric Lavallee
Is Scotland becoming the world’s leading producer of twee movie musicals? On the heels of Sunshine on Leith, an Edinburgh-set jukebox journey through the Proclaimers’ song catalogue, comes the Glasgow response, God Help the Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch. As frontman of indie chamber pop outfit Belle and Sebastian, Murdoch has proven himself an inspired storyteller, spinning captivating three- or four-minute narratives about misunderstood geniuses, lovelorn outsiders and sickly kids who weren’t good at sports. But the wistful pleasures are stretched awfully thin at almost two hours in a film that blurs the line separating self-
- David Rooney
London — Jean-Christophe Simon’s Berlin-based sales house Films Boutique has added a string of high-profile pics to its Berlin sales slate, including Susan Sarandon-starrer “Ping Pong Summer” and Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks,” which world premieres in Berlin’s Panorama section.
Other additions include Goran Hugo Olsson’s Sundance and Berlin Panorama pic “Concerning Violence,” Sudabeh Mortezai’s Berlin competition player “Macondo,” Umut Dag’s “Cracks in Concrete,” which screens as a Panorama Special, and Denis Cote’s “Joy of Man’s Desiring,” which world premieres in the Forum section.
American indie director Michael Tully’s 1980s-set coming-of-age comedy “Ping Pong Summer,” which also toplines John Hannah and Lea Thompson, screened at Sundance and Rotterdam, and will be screened at the European Film Market in Berlin.
- Leo Barraclough and John Hopewell
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