Film & TV Lunch Club: August 2020 - Youth


The titles to watch for discussion of this month’s theme of YOUTH’ are listed below in the August Selection. As always, thank you for all of your suggestions.


There is a quicker turnaround than usual this month because I’m on leave for the last week of the month so the virtual meet up will be on Thursday 20th August. If you would like to join us, please email me via the Contact form or get in touch via Instagram. If not, feel free to just use this for watchlist inspiration!

🎞August Selection🎞

1. The Edge of Seventeen  (2016; Dir: Kelly Fremon Craig) - Triple F Rated

Comedy: High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. Available on Netflix.  

2. I May Destroy You (2020; Creator: Michaela Coel)  TV Drama:  The question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation. All episodes are on BBC iPlayer. We will discuss episode 1, but feel free to continue watching if you enjoy the pilot! 

3.  Inside Out (2015; Dir: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Stream on Disney Plus. 

🎬 The Long List: Optional Extras 🎬

Other notable films/TV shows suggested for the theme:

  • Election - A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president. 

  • Quadrophenia - Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding and drugs, only to be disappointed. 

  • Blinded by the Light - In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

  • Heathers - In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. 

  • Kids - A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking and deflowering virgins. 

  • Kidulthood - A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London. 

  • American Honey - A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a travelling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she crisscrosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. 

  • Thirteen - A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. 

  • School of Rock - After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn his class into a rock band. 

  • Christiane F. - A teen girl in 1970's Berlin becomes addicted to heroin. Everything in her life slowly begins to distort and disappear as she befriends a small crew of junkies and falls in love with a drug-abusing male prostitute. 

  • Easy A - A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing. 

  • Euphoria - A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex and violence. 

  • Chicuarotes - A group of teenagers in Mexico City set out to enrich their lives. 

  • Raw - A young woman, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh. 

  • Jeune femme - In her early thirties, broke, and in the wake of a humbling breakup, a spirited, yet rudderless young woman finds herself struggling to get by in the bustling Parisian metropolis; however, if she can make it there, she'll make it anywhere. 

  • Youth in Revolt - While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. 

  • Juno - Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. 

  • The Wolfpack - Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favourite movies with intricate homemade costumes. 

  • 10 things I hate about you - A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. 

  • The Last Tree - After a happy childhood in the countryside, a teenager moves to London, where he must navigate an unfamiliar environment on his road to adulthood. 

  • A Brighter Summer Day - Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax. 

  • Booksmart - On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. 

  • Skins - The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures. 

  • American Pie - Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

  • I Shot My Parents - The story of American teenager Nathon Brooks who at the age of 14 shot his mother and father while they slept. Incredibly they both survived and are trying to come to terms with what their son did.

🔜 Next Month 🔜

The theme for September will be MARITIME to mark World Maritime Day 2020 on Thursday 24th September so please put your [pirate] hats on, and bring your suggestions to the [captain's] table for our August meeting (or via email if you can’t make it). I'm confident we can create a list of titles for this theme that we can SINK our teeth into. I'll stop now...

Any questions, let me know and feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested in taking part or along.


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