I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story
Running Time: 96min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Documentary Achievement Award
The term “fangirl” conjures up a very specific image: young girls bouncing up and down with glee, faces flushed, eyes filled with tears, as high-pitched screams of adoration are unleashed. But what about the girls behind the mania? In I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story, we’re introduced to four women from three different generations that all share one thing in common: Their lives have been forever changed by their all-consuming love of boybands.
With a focus on Backstreet Boys, One Direction, Take That, and The Beatles, Jessica Leski’s colorful documentary is a delightful ode to what it means to love something with all your heart. Taking seriously a subject matter and demographic that is so often mocked, this funny and touching coming-of-age doc will make you want to break out your composition book and glitter pens as you’re taken on a nostalgic journey back to your teenage years.
Director: Jessica Leski
Producer: Jessica Leski, Rita Walsh
Screenwriter: Jessica Leski
Executive Producer: Kristina Ceyton, Sam Jennings, Deanne Weir
Production Company: Over Here Productions
Music: Jed Palmer
Cinematographer: Jason Joseffer, Eric Laplante, Simon Koladin, Cesar Salmeron
Editor: Johanna Scott