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The Go-Go's

The Go-Go's  

Synopsis

In their early days on the Los Angeles punk scene, Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin were inspired, ambitious and determined. They formed an all-female band – The Go-Go’s – learning their own instruments and writing their own songs.

Their ascent in the early 1980s coalesced with their electric chemistry. Combined with the birth of MTV and the music video, the band’s debut album Beauty and the Beat soared to #1. However, as the pressure of fame and success grew, hard drugs and alcohol, infighting and resentment started to take its toll.

With candid interviews from the band and other industry insiders, this definitive film uses first-person tales, hilarious anecdotes and juicy gossip to shine a light on the band’s talents and achievements – as musicians, ground breakers and survivors.

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PRESS REVIEWS

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“This documentary’s got the beat…” – THE WRAP

And for the record: They still have the beat.” - ROLLING STONE

A thorough and detailed account, made with current and past band members, detailing the rise, fall, and rise again of the beloved L.A. all-female band.”LOS ANGELES TIMES, Kenneth turan

“The Go-Go’s tackles the seminal all-female ’80s rock band with such honesty, openness and effervescence that it not only rises above that clichéd, almost telegraphed arc but transcends the ranks of other music documentaries to offer a story you desperately want to keep watching…”—THE WRAP

“Seldom does a music documentary successfully argue for the merits of individual (or collective) musicians as effectively as the iconic songs they created, but “The Go-Go’s” uniquely manages to showcase the essential, resilient, irrepressible humanity of their history every bit as vividly as it celebrates their art.”THE WRAP

"The first and still only all-female band to write their own songs, play their own instruments and top the Billboard album charts gets a spirited salute in Alison Ellwood's doc…”—THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“The Go-Go’s give ‘80’s New Wave band a proper music doc (finally)” –ROLLING STONE

“Don’t think of the Go-Go’s as a bit of Reagan-era nostalgia, the musical equivalent of a Rubik’s cube. Think of them as a first-tier, kick-ass rock group, period, full stop, the end. Mission accomplished.”—ROLLING STONE

“…a music bio-doc that embodies the rebellious spirit of its subject, the first all-girl band that wrote their own songs to go to #1. What the director of ‘History of the Eagles’ so deftly captures is the ‘lightning in a bottle’ aspect of The Go-Go’s, a band that didn’t set out to light the punk and pop scenes on fire but did so largely because its members didn’t like to take no for an answer. As Belinda Carlisle says, they didn’t set out to be a feminist band, but they wanted to be a part of a punk music scene that inspired them, and their gender wasn’t about to get in the way.”—ROGEREBERT.COM


“…Ellwood gets such good material out of people like Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, and, especially, Gina Schock that it transcends the simple structure. They’re likable, open, and able to now put their success and the entire ‘80s punk/pop scene in context in a way that’s entertaining and informative. And I dare you not to want to listen to “We Got the Beat” when it’s over.”ROGEREBERT.COM

“An ace documentary [that] nails the spirit of the game-changing, grinning-and-bopping God-do-you-miss-the-‘80s-or-what’? all-female-punk—pop band.”—VARIETY

“…a classically crafted rock doc that shows you, more or less, everything you want to know about this game-changing, grinning-and-bopping, God-do-you-miss-the-‘80s-or-what? punk-pop band.” —VARIETY

“The film’s director, Alison Ellwood, assembles a wealth of archival material and does probing interviews with the band members, each of whom looks back with her own version of battle-scarred nostalgia.”—VARIETY


Genre: Theatrical, Non-Fiction

Sub Genre: Arts & Culture, True Story, Music, Documentary, Biography

Year of Production: 2019

Running Time: 1 x 98-minutes

Available in HD: Yes

Country: USA / Canada /Ireland

Production Company:Fine Point Films and Fadoo Productions