Υoung@heart

Director: Stephen Walker
Running time: 110’ - UK, 2008

Director’s Bio
 

Stephen Walker has directed 24 films for both the BBC and Channel 4, including Young@Heart, a documentary feature film about an American chorus of pensioners who sing rock music. Stephen was voted by the industry as one of the UK's top ten television directors of 2008, according to Broadcast magazine. Stephen has also written two books, King of Cannes in 2001 and most recently Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima in 2005.



Contact Director
 
Stephen Walker
4th floor, Threshold and Union house,
65-69 Shepherd’s Bush Green, London, w12 8qe
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8743 7733
E-mail: Stephen.walker@walkergeorgefilms.co.uk


Festival-Screenings - Awards
 
2007

Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award

2007

Rose D'Or, Lucerne Best Documentary Award and Rose D'Or Award Best Film in any Category

2008

Sydney Film Festival Audience Award

2008 Paris Film Festival Audience Award


Filmography
 
2009 Alex: A passion for life
2009 A boy called Alex: the concert
2008

Young at heart

2008

Brothers and sisters in love

2008 George Melly’s last stand

Director:  Stephen Walker

 

Producer:   Sally George

 

Director of photography:  Ed Marritz

 

Editor: Chris King

 

Sound: Μark Mandler, John  Cameron, Danny Flin

 

Camera: Stephen Walker, Richard Numeroff

 

 

 


Synopsis
 

Billed as “pensioners behaving badly”, Young@Heart is a chorus like no other. With an average age of 80, their renditions of rock ‘n’ roll songs from the likes of Coldplay, Hendrix and The Clash have won terrific reviews all over the world.This touching documentary follows chorus members as they prepare a new show. In the mouths of these seniors, the lyrics of rock songs acquire a new poignancy, trampling on taboos surrounding old age, love, sex and death. The result is a moving and often hilarious portrait of an extraordinary group of people who may be old in body but refuse to grow old in spirit.



World sales
 
Thomas Pibarot
Le Pacte
5 Rue Darcet, 75017 Paris
France
+331 44695957
E-mail: t.pibarot@le-Pacte.com


Director’s Statement
 

I’d always wanted to make something about old age; seniors get such a raw deal in the media — not to mention in real life — too often. Nobody wants to be reminded about getting old. But in this chorus, I could see a possible way through the tunnel: to create a sort of “rock opera” about old age, a film that would address the big issues of aging, but through music audiences could connect with and really enjoy. And the personalities in the chorus were so wonderfully engaging: often hilariously funny, larger-than-life, and sometimes shockingly honest about their lives. I felt these were people audiences could love and recognize. People who reminded us of loved ones we know — or knew — in our own lives.