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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl

Among the most talked about film items on crowd-sourcer Kickstarter this year, Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch’s feature directorial is the type of grassroots English speaking foreign import indie flick the fest likes to make room for. God Help the Girl has been long in the works (Murdoch started writing the songs for the project in 2003) and he was lucky enough to land Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty) for the lead with Hannah Murray and Olly Alexander (The Dish & the Spoon star we interviewed dropped a couple of musical notes on us) as supporting cast for the Glasgow shot pic which began production in the month of July.

Gist: Set in Glasgow, Scotland, this is Eve (Browning) who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie (Murray and Alexander), two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer.

Production Co./Producers: Barry Mendel, Singer Films’ Carole Sheridan, Zephyr Films’ Chris Curling and Phil Robertson.

Prediction: World Cinema Dramatic Competition or might debut at SXSW or perhaps BFI London later in 2013.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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