Tue 2 November 2010 // 20:00
Wed 3 November 2010 // 20:00
(Tues 2nd - Wed 3rd / 8pm / £4/3)
(Floria Sigismondi / USA / 2010 / 109 minutes / Certificate 15)
‘…-I'm your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-CHERRY BOMB!!’
Stylishly-directed new biopic of influential seventies teenage rockers The Runaways, who formed in LA in 1975 and after enlisting legendary music business svengali Kim Fowley, became one of the first all-girl bands to find genuine success.
The film focuses on the relationship between Joan Jett and Cherie Currie (played respectively by Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning), with Michael Shannon in fine form as the irredeemable rock rogue Fowley, and features a wildfire soundtrack of seventies rock.
Fusing their love for the bubblegum stomp of glam rock with the aggression of the emerging punk scene, The Runaways ride the turbulent rush of fame. It’s not long though before they discover that typically, the taste of success is often bittersweet.
Were they kicking in the doors of the largely all-male world of sexist seventies rock and blazing a trail for female rockers of the future, or merely the exploited teenage puppets of a manipulative manager?…