God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray. God Help The Girl: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has been announced for a September 2 release date on Milan Records while the film will be released theatrically and On Demand on September 5 from Amplify. In the UK, the film is being released August 16 via Metrodome with the soundtrack to follow on August 18.
Stereogum unveiled the new video for the title track God Help The Girl, directed by Murdoch himself and starring Emily Browning in a mix of new footage shot for the music video and footage from the film itself.
The soundtrack features three new songs by Murdoch that are sung by the cast: Pretty When the Wind Blows, I Dumped You First and the little ditty I’m Not Rich. All of the other songs have been re-recorded and/or remixed with performances by the cast with the exception of Dress Up In You from Belle & Sebastian’s, The Life Pursuit. Half of the songs were recorded live during the making of the movie with different musicians than the originals. There is dialogue and score interspersed throughout the soundtrack too, all intended to create an impressionistic audio version of the film.
Murdoch aspired to tell the story of “…a better summer or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.”
The music takes centre stage and many songs resemble in their musical aspect the other work of Stuart Murdoch and Belle and Sebastian. The film was shot, edited, scored and will air in exclusive UK screenings 16 August and opens widely in the UK on 22 August. In the US, it opens 5 September in New York and Los Angeles followed by additional markets on 12 September. It will also be available at iTunes, on demand and on the official God Help the Girl site beginning 5 September.