Beyond Clueless, a dizzying journey into the mind, body & soul of the teen movie, is to preview at the Hyde Park Picture House this month, with director Charlie Lyne in attendance for a Q&A after the screening. Part adolescent fever dream, part roving visual essay, Beyond Clueless puts more than 200 teen movies under the microscope, on a quest to lay bare the genre’s beating heart.
The film was fully funded by more than 500 Kickstarter backers in January 2013, setting in motion a yearlong production process based entirely out of director Charlie Lyne’s bedroom. ‘The idea was to construct the film entirely out of other films, using no original footage whatsoever,’ says director Charlie Lyne, ‘so we were presented with the challenge of building an original story with only a few basic elements: film clips; the voice of our incredible narrator Fairuza Balk; and our original music’.
Pop duo Summer Camp worked tirelessly to produce the film’s score, which would serve as both a classic pop soundtrack and an instrumental bedrock for the film’s most ambitious sequences. ‘Each bit of music had to serve a very specific emotional arc,’ according to Summer Camp’s Jeremy Warmsley,‘but beyond that, we had the freedom to take it in any direction we wanted’.
Since it’s premiere at SXSW in March 2014, Beyond Clueless has gone on to screen at more than twenty international film festivals and was recently included as one of Dazed & Confused’s films to watch out for in 2015 (http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/23041/1/films-to-watch-out-for-in-2015).
‘We’ve been telling people about the movie for nearly two years now, updating them through Kickstarter and Twitter as we navigated the increasingly scary worlds of development, editing and distribution,’ says director Charlie Lyne. ‘It’s going to be amazing & slightly terrifying to actually show them the film after all this time.’
Beyond Clueless will play at the Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday 18th January at 3.40pm, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Charlie Lyne. Tickets are now on sale (£4.60 – £6.90). For more information, and to pre-book tickets, visit: http://hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk/index.php?showing=6901#now-showing