Canadian director Jeffrey St. Jules is debuting his first-ever feature length film at TIFF this week, and Bang Bang Baby looks… interesting? It’s a “surreal, fever-dream fusion of small-town musical and 1950s sci-fi” and it basically looks like if Pleasantville met “Once More With Feeling” met anything on MST3K. Oh, and Shameless‘s Jimmy/Steve stars. I think I’m in.
Here’s the description from the TIFF programming page, which actually doesn’t elucidate anything else about the film, frankly:
In the fictional Canadian town of Lonely Arms in 1963, sweet and prim high-schooler Stepphy (Jane Levy) devotedly cares for her alcoholic father (Peter Stormare), tends to his auto-service shop, and, like most girls her age, adores heartthrob singer Bobby Shore. Having long dreamt of getting out of Lonely Arms and making it in the music biz, Stepphy seems one step closer when she is accepted into the American Ingénue Singing Competition in Manhattan — until her father refuses to allow her to go. Miserable, her dreams dashed, and forced to fend off the advances of Fabian (David Reale), the creepy proprietor of the local Purple Mist plant — which has recently sprung a mysterious and ominous leak — Stepphy seems stuck in her go-nowhere town for good… until none other than Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) himself rolls into Lonely Arms with a car that needs repair.
I feel like this is going to involve some wacky radiated alien birth and I’m pretty freaked out about it. I need tickets.