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Shoplifters of the World

Directed by Stephen Kijak
2020
USA, UK
91 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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This heartfelt tribute to the music and lyrics of the Smiths tells the story of a fan who, devastated by the band’s split, hijacks a local radio station. Inspired by true events.
In Denver, 1987, a group of teenagers are shattered by the news their favourite band, The Smiths, are breaking up. Cleo (Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline, The Wilds) wants nothing more than to leave her humdrum life behind and live in Paris. Awkward record store employee Dean (Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood, SFF 2014) is in love with Cleo but unable to express his feelings. While his friends go into mourning, Dean takes radical action. He hijacks the local radio station and forces the DJ (Joe Manganiello, True Blood, Magic Mike) to play only Smiths songs – all night. Director Stephen Kijak (Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, SFF 2007) uses a plethora of original Smiths songs to beautifully capture a time where being a fan was a way of life.
I laughed, I cried, I ate my own head. The Smiths’ past still sounds like today's frustrations and tomorrow's liberations.
Morrissey
This sweetly nostalgic look at lost boys and lonely girls feels like it comes straight from the heart. This is a tender story of teen ennui that almost anyone can enjoy. Though probably not metalheads.
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Program Strand
First Films
Year
2020
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA, UK
Language
In English
Director
Stephen Kijak
Producer
Laura Rister, Nick Manganiello, Joe Manganiello, Christopher Figg, Phil Hoelting
Cast
Helena Howard, Ellar Coltrane, Joe Manganiello
Screenwriter
Stephen Kijak
Cinematographer
Andrew Wheeler
Editor
Fabienne Bouville, Yaniv Dabach
Sales Agent
WestEnd Films
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