To her own amazement, at the age of 31 director Jessica Leski became a big fan of a boy band called One Direction. She decided to make a documentary about the phenomenon of boy bands: where did this craze come from, and how does it affect people? Leski followed fans from different generations, such as Elif (16), who's mad about One Direction, and twenty-something Sadia, who mailed a newsletter about Backstreet Boys to 12,000 subscribers at the age of 12. And Dara from Australia, who was crazy about Take That – even going into therapy when it got out of hand. Finally Susan, aged 64, was and still is a huge Beatles fan.

Interviews, animations and home videos show what it's like to be a super fan. These women collect clippings and posters and fantasize about their favourite band members. Leski's film is much more than an amusing record of hysterical, screaming teenagers; it's a poignant coming-of-age story about empowerment and not caring what anyone else thinks. 

Scopitone Café, free admission

Screenings

  • Fri 1 Feb Schouwburg Kleine Zaal
    No subtitles
    Tickets
Filmmaker
Jessica Leski
Country
Australia
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
96’
Language
English
Producer
Jessica Leski, Rita Walsh
Production Company
Over Here Productions
Sales
Seville International
Writer
Jessica Leski
Cinematography
Jason Joseffer, Eric Laplante, Simon Koladin, Cesar Salmeron
Editor
Johanna Scott
Sound Design
Simon Rosenberg
Music
Jed Palmer
Website
https://www.jessicaleski.com.au