Los Angeles, CA – July 21, 2018 –A story of friendship told through music, “TEENAGE SUPERSTARS is a must-see” (The Skinny UK).
As the second installment in Director Grant McPhee’s “Sound of Young Scotland” series, TEENAGE SUPERSTARS captures the radical change and influential wave of Scottish indie guitar acts that emerged from Glasgow in the mid ’80s to early ‘90s. Punk was reborn in the shape of a new type of independent music, unlike any of its kind before. “Scotland already had Scars and The Rezillos breaking down the barriers between artist and audience, but the exhilarating prospect of doing something new is what ultimately developed this strong sense of community. Something beyond Punk,” observed Hero-Magazine.
Photo: Teenage Fanclub, The Glasgowist.
Narrated by Kim Deal (The Pixies), TEENAGE SUPERSTARS begins where BIG GOLD DREAM ended – the short lived labels, FAST Product and Postcard Records were out, as entered the label 53rd & 3rd, created by Sandy McLean, David Keegan and Stephen “Pastel” McRobbie from The Pastels. A sense of rebellion emerged alongside the new label, which launched new music in an alternative way, producing The Pastels, The Soup Dragons, Jesus and Mary Chain and Teenage Fanclub. 53rd & 3rd created universal music success by signing the Vaselines (Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly), Shop Assistants and releasing records from BMX Bandits.
“The richness of this sound, of Glaswegian brutalist naïveté, lo-fi and acid house is why McPhee’s plethora of talking heads never gets boring, with the film avoiding the pitfalls and clichés of other rockumentaries,” wrote The Skinny UK.
Photo: Teenage Fanclub, The Glasgowist.
TEENAGE SUPERSTARS documents the exploration of the ‘90s Scottish music scene with “interviews and archive footage to provide a more lucid and entertaining account of a seminal period of Scottish music history,” examined Film.List. Director McPhee reminds music-lovers to not overlook that time period and the pop geniuses that emerged from it through rare, archived footage and a vast collection of interviews including Jesus and Mary Chain’s Douglas Hart, BMX Bandits’ Duglas T. Stewart, Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and The Soup Dragons’ Sean Dickinson (soundtrack: The World’s End, Hellraiser III).
“Many of the bands involved deserve a feature documentary of their own,” continued Film.List, adding, “But all the artists featured in TEENAGE SUPERSTARS are success stories; they put Scotland on the map in idiosyncratic style, and McPhee’s film tells their story in granular detail.”
Photo: Jesus and Mary Chain, LOUDER.
As a love letter to Glasgow’s music scene and ultimately “a story of friendship told through music”, TEENAGE SUPERSTARS showcases how Scottish artists like The Pastels, the Vaselines, BMX Bandits, The Soup Dragons, Jesus and Mary Chain and Teenage Fanclub “not only created a sound, but [are] legend[s] to follow,” concluded Hero-Magazine.
Truly a hidden gem within the many music documentaries, TriCoast Entertainment will exclusively release TEENAGE SUPERSTARS will on U.S. digital platforms later this July. Watch the trailer for here: https://vimeo.com/217699104. For press inquiries and exclusive interviews, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEENAGE SUPERSTAR (2017, 107 min.) Directed by Grant McPhee. Written by: Grant McPhee, Angela Slaven. Produced by: Grant McPhee, Wendy Griffin. Co-Produced by: Angela Slaven, Erik Sandberg. Editor: Angela Slaven. Cinematographers: Grant McPhee, Garry Torrance, Martin Parry. UK, English. On-Set Digital, TriCoast Entertainment.
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