Bolan's Shoes
Timothy Spall and Leanne Best features in this light hearted but tragic comedy

Bolan’s Shoes, takes us on a tumultuous journey through the life of Marc Bolan, from the height of T. Rex mania in 1970s Liverpool to the present-day poignancy of what would have been his 75th birthday.

Marc Bolan was a pioneer of the glam rock movement and rose to fame as the founder and leader of the psychedelic folk band Tyrannosaurus Rex, which went on to have hits such as ‘Ride a White Swan’ which went to number two in the UK singles chart.

Music critic Ken Barnes called Bolan ‘the man who started it all’ and T. Rex's 1971 album Electric Warrior, with all songs written by Bolan, has been described by AllMusic as ‘the album that essentially kick-started the UK glam rock craze’.

Bolan died in a car crash in 1977. A memorial stone and bust of Bolan, Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine, was unveiled at the site where he died in Barnes, London. His musical influence as guitarist and songwriter was profound; he inspired many later acts over the following decades.

The film, which features Timothy Spall as Mr Turner and Leanne Best as Penny, captures the heady exhilaration of this era through the experiences of a group of over-excited kids from a local children's home - before a devastating road accident changes their lives for ever.

Years later, and still clinging to the adoration of her childhood idol, survivor Penny takes best friend and fellow Marc Bolan fan to visit his shrine in London-but a chance encounter there catapults her back to the horror she had tried so hard to forget.

Bolan's Shoes is a joyful celebration of Seventies culture and brims with the energy of that vibrant era but, like Marc Bolan's legacy, it's retro glitter is dimmed by the tragic repercussions of that deadly road accident.

Light-hearted comedy and supernatural chills abound in this inspirational story that explores the enduring legacy of childhood trauma and the life-affirming power of music.


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