God help the girl
Directed by Stuart Murdoch
To say this is a vanity project might be understating it. Writer/director Stuart Murdoch crowd-funded this film musical on the basis of the songs his band had already written for the characters. Thus the script is clearly constructed around the music, and at times feels clunky and self-conscious. There is a slight sense that the dialogue is only here to fill in space between dance numbers, and frankly, until it dawned on me that the point of the story was that the characters were in their own Neverland, I was very confused about what was going on (nothing?). Only a mere 88 minutes into the running time, the film finally began to explore something meatier, and the characters began to have the unpleasant, necessary conversations that would mark the beginning of the end. She loves me; she loves me not. The record company will sign our band; they will sign us not. We will stay here, happy forever; we will grow up.
This film beautifully captures when “just for a moment, we were all in the right place, and the possibilities were infinite.” For this reason, and to see two endearingly dorky kids figure out their first and last kisses, I highly recommend it.
Gold help the girl is screening at Regent Theatre
1:15pm Thursday 14 August & 4pm Saturday 16 August