Belle & Sebastian Frontman Makes Sundance Debut with ‘God Help the Girl’

Stuart Murdoch, frontman of Belle & Sebastian, at the Sundance Film Festival. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Stuart Murdoch, frontman of Belle & Sebastian, at the Sundance Film Festival. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch‘s directorial debut, God Help the Girl, has been unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s based on the band’s 2009 album of the same name.

It’s a coming-of-age story involving a girl called Eve who, like Murdoch, is inspired by music.

“Everybody has something,” Murdoch says. “I have music. I put that into Eve. The barometer of her moods is the music.”

Murdoch maintains it was only possible to get the film made because of the band’s stature: “Our success with Belle & Sebastian absolutely helped. Who’s going to take a chance on some dude from Scotland?”

After taking a break from the band to make God Help the Girl, Murdoch is already back to work on a new album with Belle & Sebastian. He says: “It changes from day to day what the next album is going to be. You never know.”

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