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How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Filming has wrapped on John Cameron Mitchell’s HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES starring Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman & Alex Sharp.  Filming took place over six weeks in Sheffield and London. Screen Yorkshire invested in the See-Saw Films and Little Punk production through its Yorkshire Content Fund.

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus), is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman (Coraline) from his collection “Fragile Things”. The screenplay has been written by Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) with John Cameron Mitchell. The cast is led by Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8) with Tony Award winning Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman (Paddington and upcoming Lion).  Kidman re-unites with John Cameron Mitchell who directed her Academy Award® nominated performance in Rabbit Hole in 2010.

Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments at Screen Yorkshire says: 

“We are thrilled to see ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ come to fruition and to Yorkshire. The cast and creative talent are exceptional, and it is one of the most exciting scripts I’ve read this year.”


Other roles are played by Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (Locke, The Affair), Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids) and Joanna Scanlan (Tulip Fever, The Invisible Woman).

A funny and delightful genre mash-up, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES focuses on Enn, a shy teenage punk rocker in 70s suburban England, and his two closest friends, Vic and John.  One night they all sneak into a party where they meet a group of seemingly otherworldly girls; at first they think it’s a cult, but eventually come to realise the girls are actually from another world—outer space.  The leaders of this alien colony have a nefarious plan in mind, but that doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan, one of the colony’s key members.  Their burgeoning romance sets in motion a series of increasingly sensational events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks versus aliens, and test the bonds of friendship, family, and true love.

Howard Gertler (Shortbus, World’s Greatest Dad, How to Survive a Plague) is producing alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (Shame, Macbeth and the upcoming Lion), and John Cameron Mitchell.

The creative team includes director of photography Frank DeMarco (All is Lost, Rabbit Hole), production designer Helen Scott (The Selfish Giant, Fish Tank), multi-Academy Award® winning costume designer Sandy Powell (Carol, Cinderella), editor Brian A. Kates (Kill your Darlings, Rabbit Hole) with original music from Nico Muhly (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Kill Your Darlings), Xiu Xiu and Matmos.

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES is financed by Film4, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund and Delish Films. HanWay Films handles international sales, with Studio Canal distributing in the UK and A24 in the US.