Timothy Spall stars in T-Rex inspired British drama Bolan’s Shoes, and the trailer has just popped up here.
Many films, from Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous to Brian Gibson’s Still Crazy, have put the hedonistic rock band lifestyle and its consequences onscreen. More recently, the rock biopic has come back into fashion, with the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman.
Bolan’s Shoes acts as something of a mixture of the two. The synopsis reads as follows…
Bolan’s Shoes takes us on a tumultuous journey from the height of T. Rex mania in 1970s Liverpool to the present-day poignancy of what would have been Marc Bolan’s 75th birthday. It captures the heady exhilaration of glam rock mania through the experiences of a group of over-excited kids from a local children’s home before a devastating road accident changes their lives for ever. Years later, and still clinging to the adoration of her childhood idol, survivor Penny takes best friend and fellow Marc Bolan fan to visit his shrine in London but a chance encounter there catapults her back to the horror she had tried so hard to forget. Bolan’s Shoes is a joyful celebration of Seventies culture and brims with the energy of that vibrant era but, like Marc Bolan’s legacy, it’s retro glitter is dimmed by the tragic repercussions of that deadly road accident. Light-hearted comedy and supernatural chills abound in this inspirational story that explores the enduring legacy of childhood trauma and the life-affirming power of music.
Marc Bolan himself starred in just one feature film. 1972’s Born To Boogie is a documentary with fictional sequences that served as the directorial debut of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
Timothy Spall headlines the film, with Leanne Best, Mark Lewis Jones and Mathew Horne completing the ensemble.
Ian Puleston-Davies wrote and directed the film, which takes inspiration from T-Rex’s 1976 Manchester concert, with the rest of the plot being Davies’ invention.
Bolan’s Shoes will be released in UK cinemas on the 15th September. Watch the trailer below…
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