When it was announced that John Cameron Mitchell’s film adaptation of the Neil Gaiman short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties would be receiving its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the excitement levels grew. Now ahead of the movie’s first screening, fans have been able to have their first proper look at the movie which stars Nicole Kidman, Alex Sharp, and Elle Fanning. The movie tells the story of an alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. The movie also stars British comedian Matt Lucas (currently starring in Doctor Who) and up and coming British actor and comedian Ethan Lawrence.
We have also been given details of the full plot summary, and boy it sounds exciting
It’s London (well Croydon to be exact….), 1977 and our teenage hero Henry – known as Enn (Tony Award winner Alex Sharp) – and his two friends John and Vic are in search of a night to remember, uninterested in the Silver Jubilee celebrations that are going on behind the privet hedges and lace-curtained windows of quiet suburbia. Desperate to be taken seriously by local punk matriarch Boadicea and her coterie of followers they hear of a party not far away and decide to gatecrash. On arrival, nothing is quite as they expected: the house seems to be full of teenage students: exotic, foreign, unbelievably gorgeous. Know-it-all ladies man Vic identifies them as American – what else could they be? Soon Enn is in way over his head (and heart) with the beautiful, enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning), an outsider just like him. As Enn becomes her ambassador to a brave new world of punk, partying and music, he learns that Zen has a new world of her own to share (quite literally) and over the course of twenty four hours the two will go on an adventure that is truly out of this world.
Earlier today, Alex Sharp (who plays Enn) started the ball rolling with 3 new stills from the movie, and one of the trailers from the Cannes Festival where the film is being screened as part of the Official Selection.
This was followed by Elle Fanning (who plays the alien Zan) shared another glimpse of the film and the clip shows the budding romance between Enn and Zan, it also shows that touches that really show this is a John Cameron Mitchell directed project.
The final clip from the movie came from John Cameron Mitchell himself, from his recently created instagram account, and this clip shows the quirkiness and darker edge the film will have.
There is still no news on when the film will be released to a general audience, but with the inclusion at Cannes we can expect it some point later this year and Gaiman has suggested on twitter it will be towards the end of the year.