Bang, Bang Baby, the feature film debut of multi award-winning filmmaker Jeffery St. Jules, will start rolling out into Canadian theatres on Friday, August 21st, 2015 following an successful festival debut at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 and multiple award wins.
Bang, Bang Baby developed by St. Jules in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation, is an otherworldly musical about Stepphy, who lives in the sleepy 1960′s town of Lonely Arms 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 Fabian, the town creep, tells Stepphy that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause human mutations, Stepphy becomes obsessed with hiding these dark secrets from Bobby.
The film stars the wonderfully talented Jane Levy (Evil Dead, Suburgatory) in a game changing role as Stepphy, a small town girl who’s caught between her big dreams of stardom and her controlling father, played by Peter Stomare (Fargo, 22 Jump Street). Justin Chatwin (Shameless, War of the Worlds) plays rock star Bobby Shore who promises to make all of Stepphy’s dreams come true, and David Reale (Suits, One Week) plays creepy chemical factory manager Fabian.
Following its TIFF 2014 premiere, BANG BANG BABY won the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, and the Claude Jutra Award for First Feature Film.
I spoke with the lovely and talented Jane Levy at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival about working on the film, what a game changer it will be for her career, actors she has worked with who she has learned the most from and surprising us with her wonderful singing voice!