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:: Absolute Beginners

The film opens with a wild dance along the streets – showing this to be a film that emphasises style over substance. The focus of this cult musical lies on teenagers’ growing influence on music, fashion, etc. in 1950s London and there’s also an attempt to portray racism in that era.

At the centre of the story are a model (Patsy Kensit) and a photographer (Eddie O’Connell) who are in love with each other. An older, richer man (David Bowie) sweeps the model away, leaving Colin devastated, but desperate to win back her heart! A well-produced endeavour but with a tenuous storyline that is a typical one of teen love achieved, lost and regained, and is used as a mere string to which a constant parade of musical numbers and flights of fancy

One thing though. In creating a stylised view of 1950s culture, director Julien Temple and cameraman Oliver Stapleton have made good use of fabulous sets fashioned by production designer John Beard.

Absolute Beginners features on-screen performances by Fine Young Cannibals, Sade, and Patsy Kensit, a Bowie production number ("Motivation”), and a wonderful sequence with the Kinks' Ray Davies.