If you’re into musicals and Wes Anderson movies, then you should look no further than God Help The Girl.
Directed by Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, the film follows a girl named Eve (Emily Browning), who is in the hospital due to emotional problems. Writing songs to help cope with her issues, she comes across James (Olly Alexander) and Cassie (Skins’ Hannah Murray), two musicians each at crossroads of their own. Thus forming a band together, the film follows their journey over the course a summer in Glasgow, Scotland.
Having won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the project has been a work in progress for years. According to Paste Magazine, it all started when Murdoch began producing songs that didn’t quite work with his band. Thus hiring a group of female vocalists to sing the songs, Belle & Sebastian instead served as their back-up band and helped produce an LP called God Help The Girl. But having always envisioned the project to include two parts, Murdoch created the following movie to go along with the music.
By the looks of the teaser trailer, it appears that Murdoch took a page from director Wes Anderson, who is known to use sepia-tone visuals and quirky outfits in his films. After all, the upcoming movie IS produced by Barry Mendel, who also worked on Anderson’s Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.
God Help the Girl is set to release September 5.