It’s been a busy morning for Neil Gaiman, as he just set-up a new television series with FremantleMedia North America, while A24 has just released the first trailer and poster for John Cameron Mitchell’s HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, which is based on a story by Gaiman.
It’s actually an oddball love story set in 1977 London at the height of punk where a trio of friends attend a party that’s inhabited by sexy aliens. It stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas, and it was adapted from Gaiman’s story by Mitchell and Philippa Goslett.
Mitchell, of course, is most famous for creating and directing Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a film based on his stage musical which exploded out of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, before returning to Broadway a few years back. How to Talk to Girls at Parties is only Mitchell’s fourth feature film as a director and his first since 2010’s Rabbit Hole, which also starred Nicole Kidman.
The official synopsis is:
Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan (Elle Fanning), a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn. Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor