Teenage Dream - Katy Perry Lip-Sync (Maddy Chisholm-Scott)

Image: Zoë Neale, Facebook

Whilst I almost always review theatre, sometimes I come across an outstanding piece of art and just have to share my thoughts on it.

In just 1 minute and 25 seconds, which for those less versed in the theatre amongst you, is considerably shorter than your average play, we, the audience, are taken on an emotional journey through the life of Maddy Chisholm-Scott.

What's striking here, is that unlike a lot of biopics, Chisholm-Scott actually plays herself in this short film, adding that level of authenticity you just don't get with less successful similar pieces such as 2018's "Bohemian Rhapsody" or 2019's "Rocketman".

Directed with expertise by Zoë Neale, the use of different aspect ratios in different shots as an overarching commentary on the different lenses that Chisholm-Scott sees life through, are simply breathtaking. The use of slow motion is also powerful, representing how slowly life seemed to move in her early days.

The song, traditionally 4 minutes long, is cut here to under half the runtime, but this does not stop Chisholm-Scott and Neale from telling every part of the story they want to tell, sparing not a single gritty detail, with a seamless fadeout rounding off the film nicely.

We need to talk about Maddy Chisholm-Scott's performance. Whilst live theatre can produce powerful emotions in an audience, there is nothing quite like being made eye contact with through the lens of a camera, being told that "you turn me on". 

Unfortunately, like so many classic pieces of film, some of the original shots have been lost. This is luckily masked expertly by Neale's new director's cut, taking images from throughout the life of Chisholm-Scott and  overlaying them over gaps in the footage. One could argue that this makes the experience even more special, as you get an exclusive look into other parts of her life to really get to know her on an even more personal level.

"Teenage Dream" is a triumphant screen debut for Maddy Chisholm-Scott, having spent most of her time on a stage. It is quite clear that the way forward for her is to focus on the silver screen, as a bright future ahead sparkles for Chisholm-Scott.

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★

Teenage Dream" runs literally forever at the link below for anyone friends with Maddy Chisholm-Scott on Facebook.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I don't see the point in continuing to review after this masterpiece next year, but I will give it a go.



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