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SPICE WORLD, THE MOVIE

SYNOPSIS:
A documentary, a thriller, with a little romance and a lot of comedy, The Spice Girls are in focus for five crazy days in their hectic schedule in the run up to their first live concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The adventures with an all star cast combine to show the kaleidescopic world of five extraordinary girls. As they hurtle through the metropolis from photo shoots to dance rehearsals, TV shows, glitzy parties and pounding nightclubs, the trials and tribulations of their global fame are explored.

"Fresh, outrageous, lively, pert and complex, the Spice Girls show what makes them a musical phenomenon, on a background of satire, parody, mayhem and fantasy. Written by award-winning comedy writer Kim Fuller, who had known the girls for over two years, the aim was not only to take a contemporary look at the band, but to capture the spirit of self-parody. And achieve that he has, with an entertaining ride aboard the Spice Bus, which looks somewhat like a large geometrical union jack on wheels, and is decked out like a rainbow of fitness, fun and frivolity. Spice World glances at the fickle world of showbiz, and showcases the girls as disarmingly natural and fun-loving, wearing an array of outfits that range from impossible platform shoes, wild hairdos to animal print bare-midriff statements, worn to startle. The stereotype spoofs are intermingled with parody, of which Roger Moore’s James Bond-villain take-off is the most effective: Moore strokes the fluffy feline, which becomes a bunny, and finally a bottle-fed piglet with a diamante collar. Star-gazers will be amused by the seemingly never-ending cameo appearances which include the likes of Bob Geldof, Stephen Fry, Elvis Costello, Dominic West, Jennifer Saunders, Elton John, Kevin Allen, MeatLoaf and Bob Hoskins, while Barry Humphries’ Kevin McMaxford resembles a relation of his repugnant Les Patterson persona. High energy, unpretentious and engaging, Spice World shows that the Girls don’t so much have a life, but have a schedule, which will no doubt be music to the ears of the fans."
Louise Keller


"With its 60s look and feel, right from the opening credits to the ‘ban-the-bomb’ sign on the back of the sumptuously outfitted Spice Bus, the whole Spice Girls phenomenon is like a step back into those feelgood years when the Beatles were centre stage, and London was the centre of the modern and youthful world. There is as much nostalgia for those fun years in the film (albeit disguised) as there is self-amusement in the five girls making it BIG. Exactly why they are a phenomenon is hard to say (unlike with The Beatles), and calling them a phenomenon is easier than trying to describe what they actually do. They have bubbly personalities, but no more so than any other lively and self assured young Brit lasses, and they have some singing/performing talents, but hardly enough to make them the recording superstars they have become. Adored by early teen females and others with an eye for their confident, easily digestible antics, they are as enjoyable to watch doing nothing very special as anyone. The film is not intended as a work of cinematic art, but even so, some of the forced jokes are TOO forced, and some of the overacting is simply that, without the merit of farce. But let’s not be too earnest; young Spice is better than old punks. "
Andrew L. Urban



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SPICE WORLD THE MOVIE (PG)
(US)

CAST: The Spice Girls (Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm), Richard E. Grant, Claire Rushbrook, Michael Barrymore, Richard Briers, Alan Cumming, Stephen Fry, Jools Holland, Barry Humphries, Hugh Laurie

DIRECTOR: Bob Spiers

PRODUCER: Uri Fruchtmann, Barnaby Thompson

SCRIPT: Kim Fuller

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Clive Tickner

EDITOR: Andrea MacArthur

MUSIC: Paul Hardcastle

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Grenville Horner

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: PolyGram

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 8, 1998

AUSTRAIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: April 1, 1998

RRP: $29.95







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