Stuart Murdoch, founding member of Belle & Sebastian, that Scottish band that soundtracked all of your misplaced teenage angst, is making a musical movie and needs your help. God Help the Girl is the film foreshadowed by Murdoch's musical side project of the same name, which emerged from a series of songs he wrote that he liked, but decided sounded more '60s girl group than Belle & Sebastian. Through a series of auditions, he put together a group worthy of the material, and together they released an album in 2009 and went on tour.
Murdoch wrote the screenplay for God Help the Girl as the band was being put together and the songs recorded, and in 2007, producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bridesmaids) got involved after coming across an audition call for the album, that hinted at a movie. As Murdoch describes on the film's Kickstarter page, God Help The Girl is inspired by "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."
The story centers on Eve, a young woman in the hospital who begins writing songs as a means of therapy, about her friendship with musicians James and Cassie and the summer they spend together in Glasgow. But Murdoch, Mendel and the team aren't just looking for help with the funding. They're looking for casting suggestions (At the moment (Dakota Blue Richards, God Help the Girl frontwoman Catherine Ireton, and Carey Mulligan are among the suggestions). Murdoch writes on the film's website that they will be accepting suggestions for locations, costume designs, and even launching a crowd-sourced karaoke section on the website for fans to submit God Help the Girl covers.
At time of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign is at more than $53,000, and has nearly 500 backers. That puts them more than halfway to the $100,000 goal, with 29 days to go. The likes of Zooey Deschanel are helping get the word out via Twitter, and someone has yet to claim the ultimate Kickstarter prize: if a backer kicks in a cool five grand to Murdoch's film, they receive his own copy of the rarest Belle & Sebastian record ever, a white-label press of Tigermilk, of which only two were made, and the other one was given to Murdoch's minister.
Regardless of how the funding campaign goes, Murdoch says on the Kickstarter page, God Help the Girl will start shooting in Glasgow this summer, with the hope of a 2013 release.