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God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stuart Murdoch
  • Written by: Stuart Murdoch
  • Cast: Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger
  • UK release: 22 August 2014
  • Website: godhelpthegirl.com

Eve (Browning), battling her way back from depression and chronic anorexia, starts to write songs as a way of dealing with her feelings. The first film written and directed by Belle and Sebastian's Murdoch is a twee, whimsical love letter to Glasgow which, luckily, has charm and sincerity on its side.

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God Help the Girl

Set in Glasgow, the film is about a girl named Eve 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, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over a long, dream-like summer.

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Reviews & features

The Hot 100 2014: The Year in Scottish Film

11 Dec 2014

Filmmaker and critic Eddie Harrison reflects on some ups and downs for Scottish cinema

If 2014 was billed as Scotland’s decisive moment in politics, it was a year of ducking the big questions in terms of cinema. Scottish film production still depends on public subsidy, and with uncertainty about funding, 2014 saw little progress on any…

Interview: Hannah Murray discusses her new film God Help The Girl

19 Aug 2014

Games of Thrones actress on her co-stars, Belle and Sebastian and why she loves Glasgow

You wouldn’t necessarily expect auditioning for a modestly budgeted British indie film to be an intimidating prospect for an actress who has chalked up roles in huge British and American drama series, as well as performing on the West End stage. But God…

God Help the Girl

18 Aug 20143 stars

The directorial debut of Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch is toe-curling but charming

God Help the Girl plays to the prejudices of anyone who expects the worst from a long delayed, first film written and directed by Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch. It is twee, it is whimsical, it is as delicate as a fresh bloom in a howling storm.

God Help the Girl looks set to be a gift to Belle and Sebastian fans

8 Jul 2014

Stuart Murdoch's much-anticipated film project stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander & Hannah Murray

It’s a good summer for Belle and Sebastian fans. Not only is the Glaswegian indie pop group kicking off the Commonwealth Games festivities with a gig in the recently restored Kelvingrove Bandstand (Wed 23 Jul) but the much-anticipated film God Help the…

Elle Fanning to star in film adaptation of Stuart Murdoch's God Help the Girl

11 Apr 2012

Glasgow-set musical to commence filming in June

When Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch created God Help the Girl back in 2009, he knew that he was writing a 60s girl-group soundtrack for a film that didn't yet exist. Now, after years of fund-raising and producing, a film adaptation of the album…

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