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Shoplifters of the World

Directed by Stephen Kijak, 2020 USA, UK 91 minutes
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.

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Program Strand
Sounds on Screen,
Classification
Unclassified 15+
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,
Genre
Comedy, Off-Beat, Music, Arts,
Company Credits
Sales Agent: WestEnd Films,