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Velvet Goldmine

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1971: Glam rock explodes on the world, challenging the sincerity and machismo of the flower generation with glitter and savage sounds - thrilling and shocking the world.

At the centre is Brian Slade. Turning mods and rockers on their heads, he takes the UK by storm, inspiring countless teenage boys and girls to paint their nails and explore their sexuality. Slade finally devours himself. Unable to escape the persona he has created, he stages a fake assassination. When his fans find out, his star falls into oblivion and Brian disappears.

1984: In an Orwellian landscape of surveillance and control, repressive politics and arena rock rule the world. 'Redeem America' preaches the President, while the airwaves belong to corporate rock-God Tommy Stone.

Arthur, an imported Brit who works for a New York daily, is charged by his editors with writing an anniversary article on Brian Slade's staged assassination. As a boy, growing up in Manchester, Arthur had been more than a fan of Slade's. He reluctantly takes on his assignment and begins to investigate his fallen lipsticked-idol.

Velvet Goldmine explores the rise and fall of Brian Slade through Arthur's investigation. Arthur begins to focus on complicated relationships Brian has with his wife Mandy and his American inspiration, rock-star Curt Wild. Arthur finds Mandy working in a decrepit cabaret and pulls her back into the music scene of the early '70s. She reluctantly gives her narrative of Brian's life: Brian's tortured rise, his obsession with Curt Wild, his love and betrayal of Mandy, and his eventual fall. Mandy's story leads Arthur to Curt - and finally to Brian himself.


Type of film
Running Time
123 mins
35mm Agfa, Fuji
Todd Haynes
Scott Meek, Michael Stipe
Director of Photography
Maryse Alberti
Principal Cast
Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Colette, Christian Bale
Executive Screen Writer
Todd Haynes


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Last updated 26th November 2005

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Killer Films
c/o Goldwyn Films
10 Stephen Mews
London W1P 1PP
Tel: 020 7333 8877
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