1hr 30mins

The debut - and to date only - narrative feature from Talking Heads' David Byrne, the offbeat 80s musical gem True Stories is Patrick from Programme's Team Choice selection, presented on a 35mm print.

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Team Choice
David Byrne
Mild bad language, sex references

The debut – and to date only – narrative feature from Talking Heads’ David Byrne, True Stories is an offbeat musical gem; a surreal voyage drifting through 1980s small-town Americana.

Bryne is our deadpan narrator, driving through the fictional Texas town of Virgil on the cusp of a much-anticipated talent show, in celebration of its sesquicentennial.

On the way, we meet an array of its eclectic inhabitants, going about their modest lives and preparing for the big event – including John Goodman as computer plant worker and aspiring country singer Louis.

Patrick says: “True Stories is absolutely joyous – a satire on commercialism in the 80s that somehow manages to be one of the warmest, most optimistic, unjudgemental character-focused films of its time. Through a series of hilarious, poignant vignettes, Byrne conjures a remarkable, endearingly unusual sense of place, fuelled by a killer soundtrack from his iconic band. A perfectly streamlined 90 minutes of cinema.”

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