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Watch: First Trailer For 'God Help The Girl' Directed By Belle & Sebastian Frontman Stuart Murdoch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 5:59 PM
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God Help The Girl
The musical oeuvre of Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch has been one of detailed songs about people on the fringes, with an observant eye on the tiny details that make up the bigger picture. And musician brings that background to his debut feature film as a director with "God Help The Girl," and after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, it's now ready to start rolling into cinemas.

Listen: Emily Browning And More Sing Title Track From 'God Help The Girl' Plus Full Soundtrack Details

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2014 9:21 AM
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God Help The Girl
Already one of music's finest storytellers, Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's move into directing with "God Help The Girl" made natural sense. That it was a musical, with a fresh batch of tunes also made sense. Unfortunately, the resulting film was a bit of a misfire, with our Rodrigo Perez describing it out of Sundance as witnessing a "great artist taking on a huge challenge and stumbling painfully on its ambition almost every step of the way." Youch. But at least we'll have the music, right?

Ashanti Writing Music For 'Tupac' Biopic, Belle & Sebastian Scoring 'The Dog Thrower' Starring Matthew Perry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2014 9:16 AM
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Belle & Sebastian
As directors and screenwriters prep their scripts and shots, behind-the-scenes composers and songwriters start tuning the music to accompany those projects. And more often these days, it's not composers being sought create the soundtrack to music, but pop stars and bands, and today brings news of a couple famous names bringing their brand to some upcoming movies.

2014 SXSW Film Festival Adds 'Boyhood,' 'Frank,' 'Joe,' Wes Anderson Q&A, Promising TV Lineup & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 3:00 PM
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SXSW 2014 line-up
It’s always a tough act to follow-up the Sundance Film Festival each year when it comes to the world of independent cinema, but the SXSW Film Festival generally does a good job of mixing the high and low, the populist with the brainy, and the docs with the midnight madness section. Generally a more relaxed festival aiming for a good time, the Austin-based fiesta has already announced some of its heavy hitting premieres—the “Veronica Mars” movie and Jon Favreau’s “Chef”—and now they’ve unveiled their main line-up.

Sundance Review: Belle & Sebastian Frontman Stuart Murdoch's Musical ‘God Help The Girl’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 19, 2014 2:11 PM
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God Save The Girl
The apogee of cinema that experienced filmmakers have either struggled to make (Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle) or tripped over on their first and only attempt (Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese), the musical has long been a holy grail quest of ambitious filmmaking. Beguiling for its challenging nature and degree of difficulty to pull off, many have tried and many have failed to successfully climb this desired genre-peak. Due to its cultural currency plummeting over the years, finding the finances for such a project is rare, hence a confluence of reasons why audiences seldom see the musicals (Lars Von Trier and Baz Luhrmann come to mind as recent exceptions).

The 30 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 15, 2014 1:00 PM
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2014: Sundance Most Anticipated
So yes, tomorrow brings the Oscar nominations (and you can take a look at our predictions one last time here). But if there were ever any doubt, there's a double reason that tomorrow might be the biggest day of the year in the movie calendar, because in a piece of scheduling that's somewhat infuriating to those of us who like sleeping occasionally, Thursday also marks the start of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Thirty years on from its founding, Robert Redford's little Utah get-together remains the premier venue for American independent film, and while the quality of the line-up remains... inconsistent, it also invariably sees the arrival of a whole host of movies that will be talked about for the twelve months that follow.

First Look Images Of Emily Browning & Cast In Belle & Sebastian Singer's Directorial Debut 'God Help The Girl'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 9:21 AM
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So, Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch has made a movie, and will it be as aw shucks whimsical as the albums he's released? Judging by the first images from the movie, the answer appears to yes. And that just seems fine to us, because if you're a fan of the man's work already, a cast of good looking young leads in school uniforms and vintage clothes pretty much hits the bullseye.

Hannah Murray Replaces Elle Fanning In 'God Help The Girl'; Emily Browning Joins The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 1:32 PM
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It was perhaps inevitable that Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian was going to move into filmmaking. For anyone who has followed the band over the years, you know that each album has usually arrived with an extensive story build around it, with appropriately theatrical artwork to go with it. Well, following a Kickstarter campaign and with the support of "Rushmore" producer Barry Mendel, the pieces all came together this spring for "God Help The Girl" with Elle Fanning and Brit actor Olly Alexander nabbing roles, but it looks like with production set to get underway, some changes have been made.

Elle Fanning & Olly Alexander To Topline Musical 'God Help The Girl' From Belle & Sebastian Frontman Stuart Murdoch

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2012 8:42 AM
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As occasionally popular as it can be ("Chicago" and "Hairspray" being some of the more recent hits), the musical hasn't changed much since its earliest film incarnations. "Moulin Rouge" aside (a film that experimented more with style than with form), films like "Mamma Mia" and the upcoming "Rock of Ages" could essentially have been 1930s musical comedies (apart from their pop soundtracks), and this year's Oscar hopeful "Les Miserables" is a 25-year-old stage show based on a 150-year-old novel.

Kickstarter Campaign Unveiled For 'Belle & Sebastian' Frontman Stuart Murdoch's Musical Film 'God Help The Girl'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 10:13 AM
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Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch has always been a big thinker, with his head a bit in the clouds. As leader of the twee-pop ensemble, the albums they've released have always been accompanied by elaborate backstories and histories, carefully constructed photography and art design and in general, a cinematic approach that wears its influences on its sleeve. It was only a matter time before Murdoch moved into filmmaking itself and it appears that the time is now.

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