“Giddy Stratospheres” is a high energy romp into the post punk music scene in London. Yes initially it is a joyous and high energy jump into the post punk music scene in 2007 London. Happy people. Great music and high energy. But reality sets in and perhaps all this energy is fueled by excessive drug use. While in the 1970’s there may have been cannabis and hashish and a bit of mescaline and cocaine this London is awash with all types of powerful snortables that decimate and numb.
The joy and exuberance quickly disintegrate into self destructive and dangerous behaviour. Drugs overtake the music and characters seem to slip closer into self destruction to a great soundtrack but the warning bells ring loudly and clearly.
Lara is into the music scene with her friend Daniel but a blowout night leaves Laura heading to her grandmother’s English countryside funeral. She can’t remember what happened the previous night after snorting all manner of drugs. In fact she is so out of it she is hallucinating her friend Daniel is going with her to the funeral. But Daniel is dead.
At the funeral her relatives are eccentric as Lara is but it is genuine eccentricity as opposed to one fuelled by drugs. She stays with her mother and father who are as eccentric as Lara but not stoned out. Lara seems to detox at her parent’s home and her artistic talents emerge and culminate in an art show of her works.
So the film is a gentle reminder of the destructive path of drug abuse entwined in the club scene. Nothing new for Geezers like me who have seen so many succumb to heroin and even laughing gas. But perhaps a perpetual warning without a Reefer Madness finger wagging in an exaggerated manner.
The film makes its point if indeed drug abuse is its point? A non didactic film like “Trainspotting” but it certainly makes its message clear.
Gloomy and depressing cinematography is as brilliant as the soundtrack. Laura Jean Marsh as Lara is brilliant and captivating and the screenplay gently conveys the message that sex, drugs and rock and roll are not particularly good for your health. Marsh also wrote and directed the film leaving me the impression that she has lived what the film portrays. The film has aromas of Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols and “Drugstore Cowboy”.
Highly entertaining and will keep you guessing what reality is and what is hallucination and fantasy. It is a shame its daring and creativity will never take it into the mainstream. This is why I only watch indie films.
This Brit film is 67 minutes and will be released on digital platforms on September 14th. You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m733pqGxzsw