Principal photography is underway today (July 11) on Max Minghella’s directorial debut Teen Spirit.
The film, which stars Elle Fanning as an aspiring pop star, shoots on location in London through July and August.
Eight new actors have also joined the cast. They are Zlatko Buric (Pusher), Agnieszka Grochowska (Child 44), Clara Rugaard (Mother), Millie Brady (Last Kingdom), Olivia Gray (EastEnders), Ruairi O’Connor (Handsome Devil), Archie Madewke (Legacy) and Jordan Stephens (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
On the start of shoot, Minghella (pictured), said: “I’m so grateful to the incredible cast and crew who have made Teen Spirit a reality. In the words of Lizzie McGuire… ‘This is what dreams are made of’.”
The plot sees Fanning plays Violet, who escapes a traumatic life in her small English town and enters a singing competition with dreams of becoming a pop star.
Fred Berger (La La Land) is producing alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special) under their Automatik banner. Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), who developed the screenplay with Minghella, serves as executive producer.
The music team will be led by Marius de Vries and Steven Gizicki in association with Interscope Records.
Mister Smith Entertainment is financing and handling international sales. CAA arranged the financing and will represent domestic distribution rights.
Source: Screen Daily
Shooting has begun in London on Max Minghella’s feature directing debut, Teen Spirit. Elle Fanning stars as an aspiring singer in the coming-of-age drama that’s set in the world of pop music. Additional cast now includes Zlatko Buric (Pusher) and Agnieszka Grochowska (Child 44), along with up-and-comers Clara Rugaard, Mille Brady, Olivia Gray, Ruairi O’Connor, Archie Madewke and Jordan Stephens. Teen Spirt is an Automatik production, produced by La La Land’s Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones in association with Interscope and Minghella’s Blank Tape. Jamie Bell is an exec producer. Mister Smith Entertainment is financing and handling international sales will CAA arranged the financing and will rep domestic rights. Minghella is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.
Max Minghella is set to make his directorial debut with Teen Spirit, an emotional underdog story set in the world of pop music that Mister Smith Entertainment is launching to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
Minghella, who has acted in such film as The Social Network and The Ides of March, writes and directs the project with La La Land producer Fred Berger producing alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones under their Automatik banner. Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell, who developed the screenplay with Minghella, serves as an exec producer.
Berger is bringing his musical team from La La Land to the project, including music producer Marius DeVries (Moulin Rouge) and music supervisor Steven Gizicki, previously of Lucasfilm. Cinematographer Autumn Durald will shoot the film. Interscope Records, which is handling the La La Land soundtrack, will co-produce with Automatik and will release the film’s official soundtrack.
Teen Spirit is described as a stylish spin on the Cinderella story. It follows Violet, a shy teenager living in Eastern Europe who dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her small town and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.