I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story
+ Skype Q&A with director Jessica Leski
A glitter-covered, joyful exploration of the adoration that boy bands inspire in women.
Dir Jessica Leski
To paraphrase the immortal words of Harry Styles, ‘who’s to say that a teen girl’s musical taste is any less valuable than that of a 30-year-old hipster?’ In her documentary feature debut, which premiered to a rapturous reception at 2018’s London Film Festival, director Jessica Leski doesn’t focus on the boybands themselves, but the adoration they inspire in women. Four in particular, from different generations (aged 14 to 64) and diverse backgrounds, with an array of boyband preferences: The Beatles; Backstreet Boys; Take That and One Direction. Leski presents fandom as a valuable rite of passage and a way for women to define their own identity, in a film exploding with so much colour and enthusiasm that you’ll start smiling from the very first shot.