‘I Used To Be Famous’ a Netflix UK Movie First Look Released. The movie has been directed by Eddie Sternberg as a debut British director, while the movie has been produced by Forty Foot Pictures Collie McCarthy for Netflix. The movie brings to the viewers two sides of the similar music world clashing with one another.
The trailer of ‘I Used To Be Famous’ was released by Netflix on Monday, and Variety has made sure to present the first-look images of the same, exclusively. This movie is going to be one of the first ones from Netflix UK originals that has been commissioned by the director of the UK features, Fiona Lamptey. It will release in the theatres of the UK on September 9th. The movie will then be released on Netflix by September 16th.
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‘I Used To Be Famous a Netflix UK Movie First Look Released with “A British heart”
I Used To Be Famous, starring Ed Skrein, first look has been released. According to Sternberg, he was all set to creating a film that had “a British heart.” He added, “It is made in the vein of ‘The Full Monty,’ ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘East Is East’ … that sort of heartfelt British film with a bit of grit, with earned heart that doesn’t become cheesy. It’s heartfelt rather than cheesy.”
The movie has been set in Peckham, that is well known to be one of the working class and culturally diverse neighborhoods of South East London. Sternberg and Zak Klien have co-written the screenplay.
‘I Used To Be Famous’- About
In the movie, ‘I Used To Be Famous’ there are two principal characters. Vince is a former lead singer of one of the boy bands that Ed Skrein played, and Stevie is one of the autistic teenagers who definitely is the gifted drummer, and his role has been played by Leo Long. Within the story, corruption, along with one of the soulless commercial music scenes, has been represented by the end of Vince and Stevie shows a pure world with amateur enthusiasts, who definitely loved the music for themselves.
The film has been based on the Sternberg’s fascination with the former girls and boys band members. All these former pop stars definitely had much success at quite a young age. They even had a lot of sex, rock and roll and drugs. According to Sternberg, they got all chewed up and then spat out and then they had to deal with void.
All the perspectives collected together helped in the development of the characters who show a start of their career on the music premise where performance was to be made, but in reality, the music seems to be anything but the music. In simple terms, it was all just a product.
After all this, Sternberg was set out for creating a character that could stand write in opposition to Vince and the twisted existence he had in regard to the music. In order to play the role, the one person who came to mind of Sternberg was Saul Zur-Szpiro, a cousin of his who is an autistic person with higher support needs.
Saul Zur-Szpiro’s character during the early stages of his life was of agoraphobic, and he did not use to like going out, and neither did he like the crowd. However, he was having quite a loving and warm family who were not much of a musical. At that time, his sister used to play drums, and when he got the drumsticks in his hands, he definitely seemed to have the good sense of the rhythm. Originated was a proper tutor, and he got the same, and soon after that, he formed the band named The Autistix.
In the Autistix, the majority of members were autistic, and with little by little, they started to build and then also did a tour. It brought in them an openness for performing on the stage at one of the charity events written in front of the thousand of people. Well, Tom Jones, was part of the event, and he joined them on the stage.
Sternberg said, “That story, for me, just showed the literal power of music”.
He added, “By picking up drumsticks, Saul – who was agoraphobic, didn’t like going out, didn’t like crowds – suddenly, through music got this power to perform in front of 1,000 people. It gives me shivers talking about it. So I thought that was music in its purest form. When you watch Saul perform, it’s just pure enjoyment, there’s no ego attached to it. Whereas with Vince, it’s all ego, and it’s all manufactured.”
The casting director of the movie, Isabella Odoffin got one task to find the actor for playing in the future movie, the role of Stevie. A nationwide search was held, making a visit to schools, community groups and the music groups, and after a lot of effort 20 kids got together for the auditions, who will then slimmed to 4, and after they did the workshop with Sternberg, two of them were brought to screen test alongside Skrein. That’s all, finally Long had the role.
Long is said to be one of the multi-instrumentalists who came for the audition with the Irish drum and the Banjo. He is also known for playing at the London Youth Folk Ensemble & National Open Youth Orchestra.
According to Collie McCarthy, “He just blew us away with his character. He had this real zest for life, and you see that on screen,” McCarthy says. “Leo was actually very similar to Stevie in that he was on the cusp of his own independence … late teens, and looking to push his boundaries a bit by going to college. It’s been great to see him grow throughout production and to where he is now.”
The filmmakers are known to be working very closely with the National Autistic Society and the Access All Areas, that is known for creating the creator as well as the performance featuring the learning disabled along with the autistic artist.
For the production, Tricia Hitchcock from Areas All Areas’ was one of the creative coaches of Long during production.
Collie McCarthy says, Tricia Hitchcock was working with Long, “like any acting coach, just with a heightened awareness of what needs he might have. She spent a lot of time upfront just getting to know him, and how he responds, and what works, and giving him the confidence to come into our arena, and us the confidence to welcome him in, and create the right environment.”
Tricia Hitchcock also was seen working along with the other cast members, especially with Eleanor Matsuura (who plays the role of Ambe, the mother of Stevie on I Used To Be Famous) and Skrein.
The opening scenes of the shoot were about the drum Circle to which Stevie belonged. It also included many non-actors who are neurodiverse. A speech was delivered by Hitchcock to the crew before the start of the shoot, and as revealed by McCarthy, he said, Hitchcock delivered a speech to the crew at the start of the shoot of ‘I Used To Be Famous’ saying “created a really special dynamic, where you had these big burly grips and gaffers, and suddenly everyone just got over themselves for a day, and realized how special it was,” McCarthy says. “It was a risk starting with that, but it actually galvanized everyone on set, and created a really nice tone for the [seven-week shoot].”
It is to be noted that the part which has been played by the music herein is naturally one of the keys to the appeal of the film and to the story. When asked to comment on the soundtrack, it was said by Sternberg that, “I’ve always been a huge admirer of directors that use very heavily curated soundtracks like Paul Thomas Anderson, with ‘Boogie Nights,’ and Richard Linklater, with ‘Dazed and Confused,’ and Cameron Crowe [‘Almost Famous’]. I’ve always felt like that was the sort of filmmaker I want it to be. I’m always thinking scenes with regards to music.”
According to him, the soundtrack is completely super diverse, and he further added that, “There’s not really a clear genre within the soundtrack.” “But it all kind of fits. There’s a kind of red thread, even though it doesn’t seem like that on the surface. If you’ve got the Doobie Brothers, and then you’ve got Frazey Ford, they’re totally different styles of music, but actually, it seems to work for the film.”
When it comes to the music that has been used within the movie, it seems to be quite digetic, especially the music that has been played by Tin Men, which is the band that was formed by Stevie and Vince.
Sternberg said that, “I’d always imagined Vince as being someone who was never that amazing a singer, but he had heart. And I was thinking about the type of singers that I got that from, and I look at people like Jim Morrison and Ian Curtis, who would have this deep way of singing, and you believed every single word that they’re saying.”
McCarthy and Sternberg together also pursuing some of the other projects where in the music seems to play a central role, and one such is a development for Netflix. Sternberg said that, “We can’t really talk too much about it at the moment, but it’s definitely got music in there.”
McCarthy added, “I think what I’d love to do with Eddie at some point down the line is a kind of seminal biopic in the music space.”
With such an interesting explanation of the Ed Skrein starring ‘I Used To Be Famous’ a Netflix UK movie First Look Released, definitely, we all await the movie now, and hopefully, when it will be released on Netflix, will be a hit. A review of the same will also be uploaded after the movie has been watched by us, and we are expecting that it is going to be quite good.
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