Since the world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, the film has been hailed by critics and audience alike for as a genre bending twist of “American Idol” and the classic horror film The Crazies.
Director Jeffrey St. Jules won Best Canadian First Feature Film Award at TIFF, followed by the Claude Jutra Award at the Canadian Screen Awards. The CSA honoured Justin Chatwin with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Bang Bang Baby stars Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”, Monster Trucks, Evil Dead) in a starmaking turn as Stepphy, a small town girl who’s caught between her big dreams of stardom and her controlling father, played by Peter Stormare (“Fargo”, 22 Jump Street). Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”, War of the Worlds, “Orphan Black”) plays rock star Bobby Shore who holds the key to making all of Stepphy’s dreams come true, and David Reale (“Suits”, One Week) plays creepy chemical factory manager Fabian. Maren Olson of Traction Media negotiated the deal.
The feature-length debut of director Jeffrey St. Jules, Bang Bang Baby is an otherworldly sci-fi musical about Stepphy, who lives in a sleepy 1960’s town with her alcoholic father. Stepphy dreams of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen, and when rock star Bobby Shore’s car breaks down in Lonely Arms, it seems her dream might be coming true. But when Stepphy hears that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause spontaneous human mutations, she becomes obsessed with hiding these dark secrets from Bobby. The ugly reality of Stepphy’s world increasingly encroaches on her fantasy of running away and becoming a star with Bobby – leading to an unavoidable clash.