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Interview: The Runaways’ Joan Jett

Joan Jett is oozing with musical passion. Not only was the rocker eager to discuss the thrill of making a film about her experience with The Runaways, but she even dispensed a few words of wisdom on the grander picture, just doing what makes you happy. Back in the 1970’s nothing would make Jett happier than to have the opportunity to make music, rock music specifically. Between her stellar natural talents and a little guidance from producer Kim Fowley, Jett became the rhythm guitarist for what would eventually become the first all-girl rock band, The Runaways.

Nearly four decades later, the group is long gone, but they’re coming back to life on the big screen. Dakota Fanning, Stella Maeve, Scout-Taylor Compton, Alia Shawkat and, of course, Kristen Stewart as Jett, are bringing The Runaways back in an attempt to appease long-time fans, teach newcomers about the iconic group and, most importantly, support the cause of living your dream.

Check out what Jett had to say about the development of The Runaways, working with Stewart and her fervent reaction to a reporter who needs to get with the times and recognize a woman’s power to be a self-starter.

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Interview: The Runaways Writer-Director Floria Sigismondi

Floria Sigismondi has a slew of music video credits to her name, but zero feature length films, but that didn’t stop her from uniting with two of Hollywood’s hottest young actresses, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, to bring the world first all-girl rock band back to life in The Runaways.

Not only did Sigismondi direct the film, but she adapted the script from Cherie Currie’s memoir Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. With producers John and Art Linsons’ blessing, she went on to pick and choose from the extensive source material and shape a story of The Runaways that was film-appropriate and could deliver a proper depiction of the band and fitting message as well.

Sigismondi dished on familiarizing her young cast with the 70s music scene as well as helping Stewart and Fanning own their characters through new haircuts and sharing one-on-one time with the icons they were portraying.

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Interview: The Runaways’ Michael Shannon

It’s unbelievable how two people can be so different, yet have such similar artistic passions. Kim Fowley is anything but conventional. He used his eccentric tactics back in the 70s to create the first all-girl rock band, The Runaways. This guy, who recently described himself as ‘the psycho Svengali,’ is portrayed by Michael Shannon in The Runaways.

Shannon is pretty much as down-to-earth and simple as they come. He’s here for one reason, to work and to do so at the best of his ability. In the film he completely lacks respect for Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, but in actuality has nothing but respect for his co-stars as well as the film’s director Floria Sigismondi.

Both Fowley and Shannon have a unique determination to excel in the entertainment industry, but do so in completely different manners. However, footage from one TV appearance and a sole face-to-face meeting was more than enough for Shannon to find the Kim Fowley within him, and bring the unconventional music producing powerhouse to the big screen.

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Review: The Runaways

In the words of Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), “It’s press, not prestige. Get used to it.” Those words are directed to the members of his band in The Runaways, but they’re easily applicable to the film as well. The Runaways is certainly not prestigious, but it knows it and uses its flaws to provide the film with a fantastic degree of authenticity. Just because you don’t abide by the standards of perfection, doesn’t mean you can succeed. One of the best examples of the beautifully flawed is The Runaways and its film counterpart follows suit.

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie respectively. The film begins with the young rebellious duo as mere nobodies. Jett is hanging out at clubs and terrorizing guitar teachers who doubt a girl’s ability to rock the electric guitar while Currie’s expressing her love for David Bowie at a school talent show to an intensely disapproving crowd. But all of that changes when Jett meets the influential and eccentric music producer, Kim Fowley, and he becomes determined to bring the world something it’s never seen before, an all girl rock band.

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