How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Guests Expected

Director John Cameron Mitchell and writer Neil Gaiman expected to attend.


In the joyous, chaotic spirit of his beloved Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), director John Cameron Mitchell returns with an utterly unique punk rock 1970s alien invasion film featuring sweet coming-of-age romance punctuated by a number of shape-shifting phallic limbs and anal probes. Elle Fanning as the loveliest of all alien life forms and an outrageous Nicole Kidman as a foul-mouthed Vivienne Westwood-ish club queen lead a remarkable cast in this wild ride through sci-fi master Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of his most impossibly fun and impish short story.

“’They're just girls,’ said Vic. ‘They don't come from another planet.’” – Neil Gaiman, How to Talk to Girls at Parties

"Channeling the communal intimacy of Shortbus and the riotous musicality of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mitchell transforms Neil Gaiman’s sci-fi short story into a vibrant, edgy, and at times, outright goofy statement on tough antiestablishment rebels and freewheeling hippy vibes, suggesting that they’re not really all that that different." – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Director John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell began his career as an actor, receiving three Drama Desk nominations and winning an Obie award. He won a second Obie, a Special Citation shared with composer Stephen Trask, for their musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Mitchell wrote, directed, and starred in the screen adaptation of Hedwig (Festival 2001 Audience Award winner), and was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for all three jobs and won the Berlinale’s Teddy Award. His subsequent features include Shortbus (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2010), for which he received a Best Director Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Film Details
  • Premiere status: North American
  • Country(ies): UK
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 102
  • Director(s): John Cameron Mitchell
  • Producer(s): Iain Canning, Howard Gertler, John Cameron Mitchell, Emile Sherman
  • Writer(s): Philippa Goslett, John Cameron Mitchell
  • Cinematographer(s): Frank G. DeMarco
  • Editor(s): Brian A. Kates
  • Music: Nico Muhly, Jamie Stewart
  • With: Alex Sharp, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman

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