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‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ Has World Premiere at Cannes 2017

How To Talk To Girls At Parties had its world premiere in the Official Selection at Cannes 2017 on Sunday 21st May. John Cameron Mitchell’s punk alien love story, set in 70’s Croydon, filmed in Sheffield and London in 2015 backed by Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund.  The first images of Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman in her role as a punk have been released ahead of the highly anticipated premiere.

Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8) & Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), also star, alongside Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (Locke, The Affair), Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids) and Joanna Scanlan (Tulip Fever, The Invisible Woman) also star.

Elle Fanning in How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments, Screen Yorkshire says: 

”We are delighted that a week after Yorkshire’s success at the BAFTAs, we see ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties having a prestigious premiere at Cannes. It is a thrilling film bringing Neil Gaiman’s wonderful love story of a punk and an alien magically to life.”


Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn. Crashing local punk queen Boadicea’s party, Enn discovers every boy’s dream; gorgeous foreign exchange students. When he meets the enigmatic Zan, it’s love at first sight.

But these teens are, in fact, aliens from outer space, sent to Earth to prepare for a mysterious rite of passage. When their dark secret is revealed, the love-struck Enn must turn to Boadicea and her followers for help in order to save the girl he loves from certain death. When the punks take on the aliens, neither Enn’s nor Zan’s universe will ever be the same again.

Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp in How To Talk To Girls At Parties


How To Talk To Girls At Parties is a See-Saw Films and Little Punk production based on a short story by Neil Gaiman (Coraline) from his collection “Fragile Things”. The screenplay is written by Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) with John Cameron Mitchell. 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.

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