Dir. John Cameron Mitchell • 2017 • UK/USA • Sci-Fi/Fantasy • 100 mins • Cert 15
Do you remember the Croydon alien punk invasion of late 1970s? Hedwig and the Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell returns with a fantastical sci-fi drama that takes us to the exotic and unusual world of suburban London.
Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn. On hearing the news that local punk Queen Boadicea is throwing a party, Enn crashes the fun and discovers every teenage boy's dream; gorgeous foreign exchange students.
When he meets the enigmatic Zan, it's lust at first sight. But these girls have come a lot further than America. They are, in fact, aliens from another galaxy, sent to Earth to prepare for a mysterious rite of passage.
The leaders of these alien colonies have an ominous plan in mind, but Zan and Enn’s burgeoning romance sets in motion a series of increasingly sensational events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks versus aliens, testing the bonds of friendship, family, and true love.
Boasting an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is based on the semi-autobiographical short story by Neil Gaiman, who grew up in Croydon in the 1970s during the burgeoning punk scene.