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Worried About the Boy (2010)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | TV Movie 16 May 2010
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The story of Boy George, the famous androgynous lead singer of the band, Culture Club.

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Julian Jarrold

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Tony Basgallop
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Booth ... George
Jonny Burt Jonny Burt ... Roy Hay
Mathew Horne ... Jon Moss
Dean Fagan Dean Fagan ... Mikey Craig
Andy Quine Andy Quine ... Career's Advisor
Francis Magee ... Jerry O'Dowd
Daniel Wallace Daniel Wallace ... Christopher
Suzanne Nichole Preston ... Mo
Freddie Fox ... Marilyn
Nicola Potts Nicola Potts ... Dawn
Hannah Harford Hannah Harford ... Sarah
Marc Warren ... Steve Strange
Neil Toon Neil Toon ... Rusty Egan
Richard Madden ... Kirk Brandon
Lucy Lowe ... Caroline (as Elizabeth Lowe)
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Storyline

In 1980 young George O'Dowd baffles his parents with his love of frocks and make-up and moves into a squat with kindred spirit Peter,who dresses as Marilyn Monroe and calls himself Marilyn. They make a splash at Steve Strange's trendy Blitz Club where George gets a job in the cloakroom but George is unlucky in his relationships with men until he meets wannabe musician Kirk. Through Kirk George meets the handsome drummer Jon Moss,on whom he develops a crush, but sacked by the Blitz and spurned by Kirk,George turns to Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren to further his music career. George's spell with McLaren's group Bow Wow Wow is short but fan Mikey North is impressed and asks George to sing in a group he is forming,where George again meets Jon. They will have an affair and the group will become the very successful Culture Club. Four years later, however, hounded by the tabloid press amid stories of his drug addiction, an unhappy George turns to Jon for advice on his future. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Worried About the Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Manchester, England, UK

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Trivia

Many clothes that Douglas Booth and Mathew Horne are wearing are original clothes, kindly provided by Boy George and Jon Moss themselves. See more »

Quotes

Boy George: Do you want to help me? I need milk, tea, sugar, Weetabix... oh, and some coke. Get the fizzy brown variety.
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 14 May 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Venus In Furs
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
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Becoming the boy
27 June 2010 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

To the mainstream, Boy George appeared from left-field, a chart-topping male pop-star who dressed like a woman. Yet George was not just a freak show; he emerged from the androgyny of the New Romantic club scene, even if few had attempted such an extreme look before; his band made records of genuine merit; and of course, in a period where homosexuality was still not as widely accepted as it is now, it was not just for its aesthetic qualities that his dress sense attracted attention. Julian Jarold's film, 'Worried About the Boy', gives a good feeling of what it was like for George prior to fame, finding his way through a world in which he always possessed a measure of star quality; although I don't recall George ever looking quite as naturally feminine as actor Douglas Booth. What the film lacks is a certain narrative purpose: George got dressed up, had relationships, formed bands and eventually made it onto 'Top of the Pops'; 'Worried About the Boy' explains how, but the problem with many real-life dramatisations is that they essentially amount to "stuff happens" and I felt something of the same here. There are hints of a bigger story in the relationship of George and Kirk Brandon; but you need to know what happened later to understand these. And the film is also guilty of some obviousness; when George visits Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols appear on the soundtrack, even though the period is wrong. In spite of this, I still enjoyed the film, an interesting view of an unlikely road to fame.


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