Most documentaries about the early 20th century generations usually involve preaching about the two World Wars, the Depression, the Cold War, and other milestones that shaped different decades throughout the 1900s. The concepts of families and how they may function or the social norms of people’s every day lives may be explained, but rarely are the thrills of youth discussed.
A trailer that recently caught my eye was one for Matthew Wolf’s latest documentary called Teenage. The film takes a creative angle on history in the 20th century discussing the nonexistence of teenage years and the drastic transition from kid to adult. In fact, the goal of the film seems to be to pinpoint when the rebellious acts of youth were finally accepted into the teenage domain. A collection of diary entries, rare archival material, and voices from the century illustrate the living collage that the film advertises itself to be.
This appears to be Matthew Wolf’s first major production; however, he has made small appearances in a lot of big works like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. It was co-written with Jon Savage. What excites me the most is the original score composed by Deerhunter’s very own Bradford Cox, who is the band’s lead singer and guitarist.
Teenage will be in select theaters on March 14, 2014.