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Logline: A documentary for and about fangirls. Our film explores the pains and pleasures of loving a boyband, as a teenager and beyond.
This is a film about fangirls – the beating heart of boybands, from the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys to One Direction. Over three years we’ve interviewed passionate fans aged 13 to 65 around the world. We’ve also spoken to songwriters, educators, adolescent psychologists, neurologists, and even former boyband members as we explore the joys, innocence and awkwardness of being a teenager, whatever the era. Combining interviews with archival material, animation, and home movies, “I Used to be Normal” will investigate the crucial role music plays in our lives, and explore the creativity, dedication and influence of the boyband fangirl.
Director Jessica Leski has worked in film and television for 10 years. Her debut TV documentary “The Ball” was nominated for an AACTA Award and screened on ABC TV in Australia and at festivals around the world, including winning a Hugo Television award for Socio-Political Merit.
Producer Rita Walsh has worked across film, TV, theatre and digital media for over 10 years. Her short films have won awards at Berlin Film Festival and screened at festivals around the world. Rita was also co-producer on this year’s ABC TV Australia’s adaptation of Lally Katz’s stage show “Stories I Want To Tell You In Person” and she has production credits in film and TV that include “Bright Star,” “Snowtown,” and “Kath & Kim.”
About the Film:
“Three years ago, I accidentally fell in love with One Direction. My friends and family didn’t get it, so I went online and found others who, like me, were obsessed. It wasn’t long until I found myself falling for the fangirls too. These girls were funny, creative, and they looked out for each other. This was something unexpected. I wanted to explore more about what was really going on here. I wanted to meet these amazing women and girls in real life, and find out their stories.” – director Jessica Leski
Current Status: We’ve shot over 100 hours of footage, and we’re now raising funds to complete a rough cut of the film.