Published Oct 24, 2013Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch released his God Help the Girl album back in 2009, and he's spent the years since then turning the conceptual album into a feature-length film. Now, it's finally done and will premiere in early 2014.
In a message to the film's Kickstarter backers — and subsequently published on the flick's website — producer Barry Mendel revealed that God Help the Girl "is now complete. It's been edited, scored, mixed, colour timed, title cards made, outputted, it's done."
Six rough-cut screenings took place this summer in Glasgow, London and Los Angeles.
The movie has apparently been enthusiastically received by "major North American festivals." The filmmakers have chosen the festival where they will debut the film, but they can't announce it until next month. We will avoid speculating which festival this will be, but they promise, "the festival will be early next year, and it will be a good one."
The film already has distribution deals in UK (Metrodome), Australia (Transmission), Spain (Avalon) and Taiwan (Atom), but has yet not been shown to American distributors. Expect a North American deal to be worked out following the premiere, at which point a widespread theatrical release date will be set; the international release date will not be determined until the American deal secured, according to the filmmakers.
The folks behind the film hope to have it out by summer or fall of 2014. It will subsequently arrive on DVD and digital download.
God Help the Girl is set in Glasgow, Scotland, and is said to be "about a girl named Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the city where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over a long, dream-like summer."