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Prey for Rock and Roll - Preview & US reaction



Preview by: Jack Foley

A WARTS-and-all musical biopic that appeared in American cinemas in 2003 opened the 2005 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGF) recently.

Prey for Rock & Roll is based on the career of real-life, all-girl punk rock band, Clamdandy, which was headed by LA-based singer, Cheri Lovedog.

It stars Gina Gershon as the singer/songwriter and tattoo artist, as well as Point Break star, Lori Petty, as lead guitarist, Shelly Cole, as a drummer and love-interest and Joey star, Drea de Matteo, as a heartbreaker.

The film marked the directorial debut of Alex Steyermark and was greeted with a bunch of positive reviews when it played in America.

 

The New York Times, for instance, said that '[Gina] Gershon's hot-wired performance infuses Prey for Rock and Roll with a bracing charge of authenticity'.

While Entertainment Weekly referred to it as 'an ingratiatingly scrappy little movie'.

And the Chicago Tribune noted that 'it's a raw and raucous rock story that, for once, gets the big picture and the small details right'.

The film was praised for offering a bird's eye view of chilly rehearsal spaces, egotistical producers, violent boyfriends and clinging girlfriends.

Gershon is said to give one of the most committed performances of her career, using her own live vocals throughout and, according to the LLGF website, 'paints a singular portrait of an mature woman trying to make a living from her long held dream'.

There is no full cinematic release date yet pencilled in for the film.

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