In 1987 Britain, Javed Khan is a British-Pakistani college arts student in Luton in a family with a domineering father. Depressed by his oppressive family life and feeling he has no future in a hostile community, a newfound friend introduces Javed to the music of Bruce Springsteen. Touched by the rock star's powerfully eloquent affinity of his own feelings, Javed is inspired to reach out for his own dreams with his own talents. However, although Javed finds friends he never expected in this personal quest, he also finds himself butting heads with his newly unemployed father who stubbornly refuses to understand his son's new aspirations. In this conflict of values in a troubled time, Javed must decide what is truly important to him while his family struggles to understand what has changed and what remains with a new generation feeling born to run.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Just before the storm sequence where Javed heads outside to throw his poems into the trash, a famous television clip is shown from 16th October 1987 of weather forecaster Michael Fish, beginning his bulletin with "Earlier on today, apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she had heard a hurricane was on the way. Well, I can assure people watching, don't worry, there isn't."
Mr.Fish was unfairly derided for not predicting the severe storm which followed, since the British people (who live on the EAST coast of an ocean) luckily don't know how much very worse even a mild hurricane really is, so out of the resulting ignorance he was much lampooned in the press. See more »
The night after the party and Javed and his father get into the car. The traffic light air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror is visible in exterior shots and missing in interior shots. See more »
September, 1980. My best friend Matt and I have the same birthday. He got a brand new chopper bike. It's really fast and looks so cool. I got a Rubik's cube. But Matt gave me this diary that he didn't want. And I'm going to write in it every day.
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Dancing in the Dark
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Published by Universal Music Works on behalf of Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment See more »
Much better than expected
This was one of those movies that I'd watch the trailer and say to myself "that looks good, I'll see that" and the probably wouldn't because it wasn't mainstream enough for me to go to the cinema. But thankfully Cineworlds Secret Screening was on (even though I and possibly all the people that walked out during this movie were hoping to see The Lion King early).
It's throughly enjoyable, the music is great, Bruce Springsteen and Eighties Classics.
It's a coming of age story to remind everyone that being true to yourself and becoming who you want to be doesn't mean leaving who you are and where you came from behind :)
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