God Help the Girl
World Dramatic


2013, 111 minutes, color, United Kingdom

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance

Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.

In God Help the Girl, first-time writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as an indie-pop musical. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who sing and dance. With its mix of memorable songs and strong lead performances, God Help the Girl is sure to stick with you.

Director: Stuart Murdoch

Screenwriter: Stuart Murdoch

Producer: Barry Mendel

Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens

Editor: David Arthur

Co-producer: Carole Sheridan

Associate Producer: Beth Allan

Executive Producers: Chris Curling, Phil Robertson

Principal Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bissett

About the Director

Stuart Murdoch is the lead singer and principal songwriter of the Scottish band Belle and Sebastian. He took a break from the group to write the music and screenplay for God Help the Girl and make the film. As it turned out, each member of the band played a role in its creation as well. Murdoch is presently working with the group writing new songs for an album to be recorded and released in 2014.


1/18/2014 6:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 8:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/21/2014 9:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/23/2014 5:30 pm
The MARC, Park City
1/24/2014 4:00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City
1/26/2014 5:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City