Review: You, Instead

SHOT on location at last summer’s T In The Park festival in Scotland, You Instead is a freewheeling love story about two singers from rival bands.

A scene from the film You Instead
A scene from the film You Instead

SHOT on location at last summer’s T In The Park festival in Scotland, You Instead is a freewheeling love story about two singers from rival bands.

Director David Mackenzie, his cast and crew stayed on site for the entire weekend, improvising with the heaving crowds and musicians to invest their film with beer-and tear-stained realism.

The result is an intimate portrait of relationships in flux that captures the giddy, alcohol-fuelled abandon of a summer music festival, from play-fighting in the mud and running the gauntlet of the stinking Portaloos to the undulating sea of 80,000 people bouncing in front of the main stage.

The director also ventures onto fairground rides close to the festival campsite.

Penned by first-time screenwriter Thomas Leveritt, You Instead is a wisp of an idea, relying heavily on the chemistry between the stars, which reaches boiling point in a shower sequence.

 

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