Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Interview: Stephen Kijak of Shoplifters of the World, A Coming-of-Age Drama Featuring the Music of The Smiths

James Bloor of Shoplifters of the World joins for a discussion about this wonderful film, how he prepared to play an obsessive Smiths fan, and what it was like filming this indie gem. We also discuss his own musical tastes and how he prepared to play an American! So give it a watch and make sure to check out Shoplifters of the World, premiering in theaters, digitally, and on demand on March 26, 2021. Starring: Helena Howard, Ellar Coltrane, Elena Kampouris, Nick Krause, James Bloor, Thomas Lennon, and Joe Manganiello Written and Directed by Stephen Kijak Synopsis: In the Summer of 1987, four friends, reeling from the sudden break-up of the iconic British band The Smiths, embark on a night out of partying to mourn their musical loss. At the same time, an impassioned Smiths fan takes a local radio DJ hostage at gunpoint and forces him to play nothing but Smiths tracks. With the radio station playing as the soundtrack to their night, the friends go on a wild journey of self-discovery that will transform them forever. Featuring an incredible soundtrack – including 20 songs from The Smiths – Shoplifters of the World is a glorious ode to the craziness of the ‘80s and the power of music to change people’s lives.

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