The Runaways: Opening night @ Cinema Paradiso

Los Angeles 1975, Joan Jett (KRISTEN STEWART) and Cherie Currie (DAKOTA FANNING), two teenage valley girls with punk in their blood, meet and become the heart and soul of the seminal all girl band, The Runaways.

Writer/Director Floria Sigismondi brings The Runaways to the big screen in this story of a group of extraordinary young women as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary band that paved the way for future generations of girl musicians. Under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (MICHAEL SHANNON), the group evolves into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten. [www.lunapalace.com.au]

The Opening Night event will be at the Cinema Paradiso on Thursday, July 15 @ 8pm.

I've been wondering when this would be coming to Australian shores. From the general consensus I've gathered, this movie isn't half bad. Most likely, it's going to dismissed straight away because of a certain Twilight-related actress (or two technically), but most critics I've read have only faulted story development rather then any leading performances. I'm not a huge Runaways fan by any means, but I know enough of their music to say how shockingly well Kristen Stewart channels Joan Jett, particularly her eerily similar vocals on 'I Love Playing With Fire'. So I'll admit, I'm mainly going to see how well Stewart pulls this one off, but there's still a story here that needs to be heard. 

The Runaways

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