- What was it like growing up as a British Asian in the 80s?
- How did the struggles of working class families impact the prospects of the next generation?
- What is it about great musicians that can inspire people to achieve greatness?
Based on the memoir of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and directed by Gurinder Chadha, Blinded By The Light follows the story of Javed Khan, a British Asian teenager growing up in Luton in the 80s.
Set against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, Javed is inspired by the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen to try to escape his life in Luton and become a writer.
Blinded By The Light is a great story that touches on the impact of racism and intolerance, the challenges of growing up as the child of immigrants, the struggles of the working class in the 80s and the wonder that everyone felt when discovering amazing music for the first time as a teenager.
We’ll be recording our preview podcast in the next couple of days before hosting our live watch-along this Friday at 7:45.
If you’d like to join us on Friday, there’s a few important places to sign up:
- Follow us on Instagram @TSMovieClub – it’s where we’re hosting the live pre and post-film shows
- Sign up to our text chat room on Discord – it’s a private chat area just for Travelling Symphony members and it’s where we’ll be during the movie
- Subscribe to our podcast on Apple, Spotify or Acast – where you’ll find our preview and companion episodes to go with each movie selection