Teenage Superstars

Directed by: Grant McPhee
Scotland | 107 minutes
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Sat 23rd Sep 15:00

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Fri 29th Sep 18:30
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Were you at Raindance in 2015? If you were, you might have caught a film called Big Gold Dream, a documentary on Scotland’s indie music scene in the 1970s and ‘80s. Teenage Superstars is the natural update / sequel to Big Gold Dream: director Grant McPhee and collaborators Angela Slaven and Wendy Griffin shift their sights from Edinburgh to Glasgow to explore the city’s incredibly energetic music scene in the last couple of decades of the 20th century. Narrated by Kim Deal and featuring contributions from some of the greats of Scottish music, including Thurston Moore and Stephen Pastel, Teenage Superstars starts at Belshill and takes us on a musical journey through Glasgow’s indie scene, showcasing homegrown talents such as Normal Blake, The Pastels, BMX Bandits and, of course, well-known international exports such as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream. Teenage Superstars tells its story with style: “there’s a virtue in being primitive”, we’re told, and much of the imagery (archive and newly-shot) echoes the raw, unpolished sound of the era. The film pleased audiences and was nominated for both the Audience Award and the Best Documentary award at the Edinburgh Film Festival earlier this year – a definite must-see for fans of Scotland, indie music, passionate documentary filmmaking or all of the above. Orestes Kouzof
Kim Deal
Thurston Moore
Sean Dickson
Stephen McRobbie
Norman Blake
Duglas T Stewart
Douglas Hart
Grant McPhee
Angela Slaven
Wendy Griffin
Executive Producer(s)
Mark Thomas
David Harron
Screening Status
UK Premiere