Irish Film Institute -TEENAGE


Director: MATT WOLF

78 minutes, U.S.A.-Germany, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

Closing Thursday, January 28th.

Inspired by Jon Savage’s book of the same title, Teenage challenges the notion that youth culture began with Elvis Presley and rock`n’roll, charting the concept of adolescence as emerging from the turn of the 20th century when child labour was being abolished in progressive countries, creating a wider gap between being defined as a child and taking adult responsibilities.

A young voice cast (Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer and Jessie Usher) relate tales of exemplary kids from America, England and Germany. They include a nihilistic society girl partying in the 1920s, a member of the Hitler Youth, a rebellious Swing Kid and a black Boy Scout. Filmmaker Matt Wolf (previously responsible for the superb Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell) weaves these stories together with rare archive footage, recreated scenes and a terrific score from Bradford Cox (of the bands Deerhunter and Atlas Sound).

These screenings will be preceded by an IFB-funded short, Pet Hate, by Andy Clarke. A frustrated old pet shop owner is constantly confounded by his pets who have decided that they don’t want to be sold. (5 mins, Ireland, 2012.)

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