Sep 21, 2017 | By WGSN Insider
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Based on the acclaimed book by punk aficionado and author Jon Savage, Teenage, a new documentary by filmmaker Matt Wolf, seeks to explore the formative years between youth and adulthood, and the fascinating development of adolescence throughout the last century.
Comprising archived snippets and salvaged super-8 footage the film is a wonderful insight into the various youth subcultures that have emerged throughout modern history, from the 1920s Flappers through to the Beatnik swing kids.
“Teenagers pioneer new styles and ideas that influence a global marketplace. Adults try to stay young forever. It’s no wonder because adolescence is the most formative and experimental period in our lives. Teenagers always represent the future”, notes Wolf, giving inspirational insight into his fascination with teenage culture and in bringing Savage’s book to the cinema screen.
With narration by actress and musician Jena Malone, best known for her part as Gretchen in surreal thriller Donnie Darko, and a somber soundtrack by Bradford Cox of Atlas Sound, this visual feast of teenage musings and archived historical snippets perfectly encapsulates the wonderful, incessant nature of youth, and the emotional tribulations faced during these susceptible years. Not to mention the impressive 16mm recreations of original home movie footage, simply beautiful! — Samantha Fox.