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Tuesday 12 July 2011, 19:05

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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I'm curating a film club at the Larmer Tree Festival this weekend and one of the movies I've programmed is Grace of My Heart - Allison Anders' brilliant fictional biopic based on the life of singer songwriter Carole King. It's a lost gem and I aim to change that...

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    Comment number 1.

    I haven't seen Grace Of My Heart, but that still of John Turturro in a wig is enough to put it on my 'must-watch' list.

    For me, Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People is easily the most inventive pop film I've seen. It seamlessly blends comedy and tragedy, blurs the lines between fact and fiction, fantasy and reality and knowingly acknowledges the 'Rashomon' style of storytelling instead of trying to depict a finite version of the truth.

    It regularly features characters breaking the fourth wall and even has cameos by many of the casts' real-life counterparts. The soundtrack is excellent, the acting is superb and the whole thing is a punky, hedonistic mess that brilliantly mirrors the Factory records saga and the Madchester scene.

    It's one of those rare films that is completely imcomparable to any other movie and, in my opinion, is one of the best british films of the last decade.

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    Comment number 2.

    Must agree, 24 Hour Party People is a fantastic piece of work, for all the reasons mentioned above.

    While not a biopic, The Man Who Fell To Earth gives a portrait of David Bowie in the mid 70s not too far removed from the documentary film Cracked Actor.

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    Comment number 3.

    Like you, Dr. K., I loved Grace of My Heart. But shame on you for not mentioning the wonderful central performance by Ileanna Douglas. And as for other rock films, don't know if it really fits your question, but I also loved American Hot Wax, loosely based on the life of Allen Freed, one of the first DJ's to really push and promote rock and roll. It really captured that time, the excitement and fear of rock and roll and has a mesmerizing performance by Tim McIntire.

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    Comment number 4.

    Hey there Mark. Well I have to admit this isn't a field that I am at all qualified in... However, if your talking in terms of the format and doing something fresh, how about 'I'm Not There'. I don't really know what genre or sub-genre that would come under but I remember it being quite unusual in terms of it's structure. Wasn't sure what I thought of it as a film though. All the best. Olly.

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    Comment number 5.

    If you really wish to buy a R2 copy of Grace of my heart. Here you go


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