Fans of author Neil Gaiman are in for another treat this year with a film adaptation of his short story, “How To Talk To Girls At Parties”. Most folks are excited for this film because of the source material, or the fabulous all-star cast including Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Alex Sharp. But myself? I’m more excited for the director’s take.
John Cameron Mitchell (Rabbit Hole, Shortbus) who most of you will know from the groundbreaking Hedwig And The Angry Inch is in the hot seat to tell the tale of an alien who comes to Earth and discovers punk rock. HOW PERFECT is he for this film?
Take a gander at the first trailer released for HTTTGAP:
The official released synopsis for How To Talk To Girls At Parties reads:
John Cameron Mitchell takes us to an exotic and unusual world: suburban London in the late 70s. Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn (Alex Sharp). Crashing local punk queen Boadicea’s party, Enn discovers every boy’s dream – gorgeous foreign exchange students. When he meets the enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning), it’s love at first sight.
But these teens are, in fact, aliens from outer space, sent to Earth to prepare for a mysterious rite of passage. When their dark secret is revealed, the love-struck Enn must turn to Boadicea (Nicole Kidman) and her followers for help in order to save the girl he loves from certain death. When the punks take on the aliens, neither Enn’s nor Zan’s universe will ever be the same again.
Nico Muhly, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, Matmos and AC Newman of The New Pornographers contributed songs for the film, while Martin Tomlinson and Bryan Weller also wrote the tunes for the in-film band The Dyschords.
A24 has the US distribution rights for HTTTGAP, but no official release date has been announced at this time.