The Runaways (image 1)

You'll be hard-pressed to leave the theater and not want to pick up a guitar and scream 'Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!'

Rebecca Willa Davis, Nylon

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

The Runaways 2010

Directed by Floria Sigismondi

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, front girls of the 70s-era teen proto-punk sensation, The Runaways. “The sheer force of the girl-power energy… will leave you jumpy.” — Vanity Fair

USA In English
109 minutes

Producers

John Linson
,
Art Linson
,
Bill Pohlad

Screenplay

Floria Sigismondi. Based on the book Neon Angel by Cherie Currie

Photography

Benoît Debie

Editor

Richard Chew

Production designer

Eugenio Caballero

Costume designer

Carol Beadle

Music

Lillian Berlin

With

Kristen Stewart (Joan Jett)
,
Dakota Fanning (Cherie Currie)
,
Michael Shannon (Kim Fowley)
,
Stella Maeve (Sandy West)
,
Scout Taylor-Compton (Lita Ford)
,
Alia Shawkat (Robin)
,
Riley Keough (Marie Currie)
,
Johnny Lewis (Scottie)
,
Tatum O’Neal (Cherie’s mom)
,
Brett Cullen (Cherie’s dad)

Festivals

Sundance, SXSW 2010

Elsewhere

The Runaways tells the story of its namesake band – the all-girl teen band that launched Joan Jett’s career in the 1970s. It tells the age-old tale of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, but with the twist that it’s all from a young woman’s perspective. Directed by photographer and music-video director Floria Sigismondi, the movie stars two of the most sought-after young actresses working today: Dakota Fanning, who plays the drug-addled lead singer, Cherie Currie; and Kristen Stewart, the face of the Twilight film franchise…
Aggressive, raw, and amped up on frenetic – and sexual – hunched-punk intensity, Stewart’s Jett smokes, snorts, and struts with abandon… Then there’s Fanning as Currie, the kittenish blonde who fronts the band like a female crossbreed of Ziggy Stardust and Keith Richards… The sheer force of the girl-power energy… combined with the contagious ferocity of the music will leave you jumpy – in a good way.” — Andi Teran, Vanity Fair

“Even if you’d never heard them, you wouldn’t have had any trouble understanding what The Runaways were about: this was a bunch of tough-looking Los Angeles girls who may have been brought together by a sleazy, exploitative impresario named Kim Fowley… With their jagged feathered hair and satin jumpsuits, they were girls you wanted to be, less sugar and spice than glamour and sweat...
Even though there’s always some rock ’n’ roll wanker – usually a guy – on hand to volunteer, ‘I was on the scene, and that’s not how it went down,’ the best rock ’n’ roll movies are less about strict authenticity than about capturing a vibe. And The Runaways gets the vibe just right.” — Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com