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I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story PG rating

A glitter-covered, cross-generational love letter to boybands and the girls who love them that will have you bopping along.

Documentary 2018 93 mins

Director: Jessica Leski



In her documentary feature debut, director Jessica Leski doesn’t focus on the boybands themselves, but the adoration they inspire in women. The film centres on four from different generations (aged 14-64), diverse backgrounds and an array of boy band preferences – The Beatles, Backstreet Boys, Take That and One Direction. Fandom is presented as a valuable and valid rite of passage for women, and a way for them to define their own identity. This is particularly true in the case of first and second-generation immigrants. Exploding with colour and enthusiasm, you’ll start smiling from the very first shot of the felt-tip pen title credits.