There is no one more synonymous with teen movies than John Hughes. Between 1984 and 1987, he was responsible for writing half a dozen films that captured the teenage voice with an insight and authenticity unmatched before or since. After Rebel Without A Cause, The Breakfast Club has arguably had the most influence on all contemporary depictions of teens on film.
The concept is simple; five students, each representing a different stratum of high school hierarchy, are forced to spend a Saturday in detention together. Over the course of their incarceration, the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal come to the bittersweet realisation that what they have in common is greater than what divides them – at least on this one day.
Screening as part of Teenage Kicks: American Teens on Film (August 4th – 28th).