Brady Corbet follows up his directorial debut Childhood of a Leader with this ferociously entertaining and provocative portrait of 21st Century America seen through the prism of a pop star phenomenon (Natalie Portman).
In 1999 teenage Celeste (Raffey Cassidy), a survivor of a tragedy that defines her adolescence, attracts the attention of a manager (Jude Law) after performing a song, and she's catapulted into fame and fortune. Years later, the now adult (and deeply cynical) Celeste (Natalie Portman) is a Gaga-esque superstar, struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention...
With a brilliant score from Scott Walker and original songs by Sia, plus arch narration from Willem Dafoe, Vox Lux is a powerful commentary on celebrity culture. As Rolling Stone said in their review, the film "creates a universe where fame crowds out humanity. You can’t stop thinking about it."
Screening with short film Big Talk (Dir. Suzie Green & Simon Bayliss, UK, 2019, 6 mins 5 secs), a Projections commission from Tyneside Cinema’s artists’ programme.