Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary is a sometimes humorous, sometimes startling look inside the lives of the Junior Eurovision participants. The film takes us behind the scenes of each countries national final – from the crushing defeat of those first out, to the fervid joy of the child whose dreams have just come true. Jamie J Johnson perfectly captures the emotional journey of these young singers, documenting their lives from their country to the international stage of Rotterdam.
The film shows us how often adults underestimate children, as to these kids, winning isn’t everything. Whether in first or scoring near the bottom, they cheer for their new friends, laughing, singing, even after the cameras have left them. Sounds Like Teen Spirit is a heartwarming story of youthful innocence which explores a broad spectrum of emotions, guaranteed to bring the audience to tears.. and to laughter.
‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ is the warmly comic story of childhood, innocence, teen-dreams and singing off-key.
Marrying the affectionate indie humour of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ with the charm and emotion of ‘Stand by Me’, ‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ follows the journey of 4 loveable-losers to the world’s largest children’s song-writing contest including all the foibles of growing up along the way.
Featuring music by ABBA, Roxy Music, The Who, Henri Mancini and Belgium’s infamous Singing Nun ‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ celebrates the underdog spirit of heroic amateurism in what Variety describes as an ‘irrestistible crowd pleaser… delightful’.
MoviePic writes how Teen Spirit ‘leaves you all teary and tenderhearted’ and IndiePix called it ‘the hit of the festival’, following its Toronto Premiere.
‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ is directed by BAFTA, Broadcast and Gierson nominated ‘best new director’ Jamie J Johnson and produced by British indie veterans Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley.
… A star is Bjorn
A UK Film Council presentation, in association with Aramid Entertainment, C4 British Documentary Film Foundation, of an Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Number 9 Films production, in association with Audley Films
Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley. Executive Producers Jess Search, Maxyne Franklin, Simon Fawcett, Paul White. Co-Producer Kate Lawrence. Directed by Jamie J Johnson.