12/10/2013

LFF: Teenage

"Hm, teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you." Those are the words of the great Sebastian the crab and I think we can all agree the little crustacean knew what he was talking about. But teenagers haven't always existed and Matt Wolf's documentary, Teenage, succinctly looks at the evolution of youth culture.

Admittedly this is not a new area to cover but this stands out as he starts looking at the origins of adolescence as we know it way before Elvis' gyrating hips caused a river of pubescent excretions. Combining archive footage, portraits and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer and Jessie Usher, Teenage leaves no stone unturned and is a unique look at a well-covered subject with an almost exhausting amount of footage brilliantly edited. Seeing what young'uns had to put up with before the word was even coined makes you feel sad about the entitled shit-bags clogging up buses nowadays.

Teenage is released in January 2014.