Just as they were in the 1970s Los Angeles music scene, the Runaways are once again the talk of the town––Park City, Utah, that is.
The 2010 Sundance Festival has already offered two screenings this week of the former all-teenaged band’s biographical film, which focuses on the duo of guitarist/vocalist Joan Jett and lead vocalist Cherie Currie (played by Dakota Flanning and Kristen Stewart) as they navigate a rocky road of touring and record-label woes, en route to the Runaways meteoric rise.
“It’s a really personal thing for us, and this was our dream, so it was very emotional to see this happen because we really believed in what we were doing,” said Jett at a Sundance Festival press conference. “We thought we were doing great rock & roll. We weren’t hurting anybody, we were just trying to have fun and people took offense to that, and so it became the principle about following your dreams and not letting other people dictate what you’re gonna do in life.”
Jett spent almost every day on The Runaways set helping Stewart to mimic her posture, accent, guitar style and most of all, essence.
“Everybody knows Joan Jett, right, but nobody knows how hard it was to become her,” said Stewart. “We were pretty lucky to have grown up as girls being told we can do whatever we want and that wasn’t the case for them.”
Sundance will offer a final screening on Saturday evening.
Here’s the trailer.