In 2009, Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch released God Help The Girl, an album of his songs that he imagined and reimagined being sung by a fictional woman named Eve. This character became the inspiration for a screenplay, which Murdoch is finally realizing with the help of Kickstarter and producer Barry Mendel.
Here’s the description of the film from the fundraiser:
Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl named Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over a long, dream-like Summer.
Inspirations for the film come from all over, the French New Wave of Truffaut and Godard, the early post-punk movement in music, pop musical movies of the 70s and 80s, classics by John Hughes, the great British comedies of Bruce Robinson and Bill Forsythe and just the city of Glasgow itself. And yet this will inevitably be its own film, one that started with a song.
The main characters have been cast, but now the God Help The Girl crew is looking for extras for crowd scenes. If you can be in Glasgow for the shoot next month, see the film’s site for more details. A flight from New York to Glasgow will run you about $700, so start thinking about buying your plane ticket now.
In the meantime, rewatch the video for “Funny Little Frog,” which itself is a Belle & Sebastian cover: