UPDATE: (04.19.08) — Young@Heart is enjoying widespread acclaim, and the group has a rare live performance coming up in late April. Check out the reviews and video from their most recent show.
Here’s a documentary you can consider “high concept”: A collection of elder folks perform modern rock songs from bands like Coldplay, Sonic Youth and The Ramones.
They are the Young @ Heart chorus, a Massachusetts-based group that began in 1982, and star in Stephen Walker’s celebrated British documentary Young @ Heart. Fox Searchlight just acquired the film and Variety reports a big screen release for Spring 2008.
Between YouTube and the network news, you may have already caught a video from these intriguing seniors. If you haven’t … you should.
Their performances can be painfully melancholy — Coldplay’s “Fix You” is a knockout — or ridiculously campy when singing a punk anthem like “I Wanna Be Sedated.” (Especially when the guy singing “Put me in a wheelchair” actually IS in a wheelchair.)
This chorus is such a curiosity that Working Title Films already acquired the rights for a remake. Sounds like Mad Hot Ballroom all over again — but at the twilight of life.
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Photo courtesy: Paul Shoul