Access Film Club: Blinded by the Light at Glasgow Film Theatre

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Tuesday 10 September , 2019 at 8.00 p.m.


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From Gurinder Chadha, the director of Bend it Like BeckhamBlinded by the Light is a joyous coming-of-age story. Set in 1987, during the restrained days of Thatcher’s Britain, the film follows a teenager who learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the words and music of Bruce Springsteen.

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Britain, 1987: When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of Bruce Springsteen, his world is turned upside down. Already a creative soul, his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to RunBlinded By the Light is a timely coming-of-age story that proves that the right song has the capacity to transcend race, religion and place, and help us discover who we really are.

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Blinded By the Light had its World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival, and has been hailed as: “a glorious and almost terminally pure coming-of-age story” by David Erlich of IndieWire, with Johnny Oleksinski of The New York Post declaring: “I guarantee it will make you feel better than any other film that comes out this year.”

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