Vox Lux (15)
Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Sat 26 Feb 6400
£7* | £5* students/under 25s | 3 films for £18*
Dir. Brady Corbet
115 mins | 2018 | USA
Natalie Portman delivers a sensational performance as a pop diva in Brady Corbets follow-up to his feature directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader.
In 1999: teenager Celeste, a survivor of a high school shooting, performs a song composed with her sister at a memorial for her murdered classmates and in so doing, captures the attention of a manager, who sets her on the path to fame.
Years later, the now adult Celeste is a Gaga-esque global superstar; but so wounded and jaded by the corporate machinery of the music business that she has become an entirely different animal a hard-nosed 21st century brand. Burying her neuroses in the toxic excesses of her increasingly artificial world, she is struggling to stage a career rebirth despite personal problems and a scandal that refuses to die.
An audacious, jaggedly cynical commentary on the nature of celebrity culture in America, Vox Lux delivers a wider review of two decades of the countrys recent history. Featuring a magnificent score from Scott Walker and songs by Sia, plus arch narration from Willem Dafoe that sets the action at a cool remove, Vox Lux reveals Corbet anew as one of the most dynamic contemporary American filmmakers.