Photos From Stuart Murdoch’s ‘God Help the Girl’

And you thought Wes Anderson was twee. Stuart Murdoch, lead singer and songwriter for the just-as-good-as-ever master class in winsome pop known as Belle & Sebastian, has a directorial debut on the way that promises to bury us all in whimsy. God Help the Girl, moreover, shares its name with a 2009 Murdoch album whose music will presumably figure in the feature film.  

IndieWire has the stills, and reports on the project details:

Said to be inspired by the French New Wave, the early post-punk movement in music and the films of John Hughes among other things (again, what’s not to love?) the film stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray and tells the tale of James (Alexander), a cynical guitarist who accompanies Eve’s singing (Browning) and becomes a mentor to Cass (Murray), a teen who tags alongside the duo as she learns to play the guitar.

But that’s just the boilerplate plot description. The movie’s real project is to make its stars look really cute by dressing them in vintage Scottish school uniforms, don’t you think? We shouldn’t expect all smiles and sunshine, however—half the B&S songs that mention school also remark upon institutional cruelty and the occasional hooligan lying in wait with “a knife and a bike chain.” So watch out.

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