I USED TO BE NOR­MAL: A BOY­BAND FANGIRL STORY

22 NOVEM­BER / RATED PG / 96 MINS DI­REC­TOR Jes­sica Leski CAST Elif, Sa­dia, Dara, Su­san

Empire (Australasia) - - On.Screen - GE­ORGE PALATHINGAL

DID ONE DI­REC­TION light up your life like no­body else? Ever wished the Back­street Boys would quit play­ing games with your heart? Whether you get these ref­er­ences or not, there’s plenty to en­joy in Mel­bourne film­maker Leski’s doc­u­men­tary, which catches up with four fe­male su­per­fans (two Aus­tralian, two Amer­i­can) var­i­ously of the afore­men­tioned pop acts plus The Bea­tles and Take That, across sev­eral years. The film is front­loaded with the re­ally fun stuff – the delir­ium, in­her­ent lu­di­crous­ness and even the love of mu­sic that comes with be­ing a bona fide tragic – be­fore it digs deeper into the lives of the devo­tees. It proves to be a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­er­cise, told with sen­si­tiv­ity and wit.

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