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Shoplifters of the World

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

After renting, the film will be available in your account to watch at any time during the Festival viewing window; from 12th November, 12 PM – 21st November, 11.59 PM.

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Program Strand
Sounds on Screen,
Unclassified 15+
In English
Stephen Kijak,
Laura Rister, Nick Manganiello, Joe Manganiello, Christopher Figg, Phil Hoelting,
Helena Howard, Ellar Coltrane, Joe Manganiello,
Stephen Kijak,
Andrew Wheeler,
Fabienne Bouville, Yaniv Dabach,
Comedy, Off-Beat, Music, Arts,
Company Credits
Sales Agent: WestEnd Films,