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Young @ Heart are a chorus like no other. With ages ranging between 75 and 93, this rowdy bunch of seniors based in Northampton, Massachusetts, have won sensational reviews performing rock classics all over the world. At a time when most people are either dead or spending their last days in retirement homes, these pensioners are up on stage belting out numbers from the likes of OutKast, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead and the Stones to ecstatic – and much younger - audiences. A highlight of their show is 93-year-old Eileen Hall’s rendition of The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go?, a performance that is always guaranteed to bring the house down.
As one British critic wrote on their last London tour: “If your own granny took up skateboarding, you couldn’t be more amazed than you’ll be by Young @ Heart.”
This touching, humorous film, by Emmy-award winning director Stephen Walker, follows the Young @ Heart Chorus over a six week period as they rehearse a series of new rock songs for a new show – called ‘Alive & Well’ –before an audience of a thousand.
Winner of Audience Awards at several major film festivals – including Los Angeles, Atlanta Paris and Sydney – and a huge hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it played out of competition, Young @ Heart is an unusual mix of observational documentary and musical theatre, including specially shot music videos of the Chorus’s unique versions of the Ramone’s I Wanna Be Sedated, the Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive, Talking Head’s Road to Nowhere and David Bowie’s Golden Years. The result is startling: young people’s songs sung by old people in highly unusual settings.