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Blinded by the Light

From Friday 9th August

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Director: Gurinder Chadha

Starring: Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Dean-Charles Chapman, Aaron Phagura and Rob Brydon

Rating: 12A

United Kingdom 2019, 117mins

Bend it Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha's ode to "The Boss", growing up in 80's Britain and defying bullies which captures the euphoria music can have for its listeners.

1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of Bruce Springsteen, his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run...

I have no doubt that by the time 2019 is done, Blinded by the Light will stand as one of the year's best films ★★★★ Collider

Combining both the universality and specificity of Springsteen’s music, Blinded By The Light is an exuberant anthem to the importance of music, the need to be seen and the hope of new possibilities. ★★★★ Empire