took place in January at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. I loved the film and selected it as one of my Top 5 Picks
Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, this rock & roll biopic about Joan Jett's legendary first group is loosely based on bandmate Cherie Currie's book Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story
. The Runaways
, although derided by the music industry at the time for being "too punk" for radio and not raw enough (read: male) for punk fans, are now seen as pioneers in the genre despite their short-lived career in the mid-late 70s.
Channeling Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart turns in a moving and powerful performance that will leave viewers stunned. Dakota Fanning is so frighteningly brilliant as Currie that she brought Cherie to tears in the Q&A following the Sundance screening. The film masterfully recreates the rock & roll excesses that marked many bands of that era (and still do today) and pulls no punches in its depiction of the downward spiral that is almost inevitable in the crucible of youth, fame, and fortune.
See my review
of Kristen Stewart, Joan Jett, cast & crew of The Runaways
at the Q&A after the screening.
will have a gala premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on Thursday, March 18 at 8:00 PM. I am happy to announce that confirmed guests walking the red carpet will include Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and writer/director Floria Sigismondi.
The film opens the following day in select markets. Courtesy of distributor Apparition, we now have the list of cities which will host the limited release starting March 19:
The film will expand to theaters across North America on April 9. International cities will be announced shortly.
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