I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story PG
South Australian Premiere
“an informative, empathetic, engaging and accessible exploration” (Screen Daily)
One Direction, Backstreet Boys, Take That…and the granddaddy of all boy bands, The Beatles: all have inspired fierce devotion on the part of surging armies of young women. Scenes of screaming, hysterical fans are much loved by our media, but hey, let’s stop putting the girls down! Melbourne documentarist Jessica Leski interviews three generations of fans who speak candidly about the vital role boy band obsession has played in addressing important issues in their lives. Spanning continents and cultural backgrounds, Leski's film is full of surprises (there is even an explanation of Boyband Theory, and Take That fan Dara reflects memorably on her obsession with Gary Barlow). If you've ever secretly or openly loved a Boyband, or just want to know what all the fuss is about, don't miss this thoughtful, touching, funny and joyous celebration of the positive power of fandom.
Director Jessica Leski | Producer Jessica Leski, Rita Walsh | Cinematographer Jason Joseffer, Simon Koloadin, Eric Laplante, Cesar Salmeron | Editor Johanna Scott | Composer Jed Palmer | Cast Elif, Dara, Sadia, Susan | Distributor Madman
Screens with: Regional Program: Whyalla
5:00 PM - 6:42 PM
7:00 PM - 8:42 PM
Jessica Leski graduated from Melbourne’s VCA in 2006. Her short films include In the Shadows (2005), Songs for Running Away (2007). She also directed the feature documentary The Ball (2010). She teaches at the University of Melbourne.