New Line has released the first trailer for Blinded by the Light, the Sundance sensation from Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha. Based on the memoir “Greetings from Bury Park” by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor —who also co-wrote the film with Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges—Blinded by the Light follows a young British-Pakistani boy named Javed (Viveik Kalra) who comes of age in 1980s England to the tune of his idol, Bruce Springsteen.
This movie is so good, and watching this trailer got me amped to see it again when it hits theaters. While the trailer does give away a few moments I wish had been saved for first-time viewings, I’m honestly for anything that gets people out to theaters to see this film. Don’t let this be another Sing Street where a great coming-of-age musical gets buried; make a point to see Blinded by the Light when it comes out in August.
Check out the trailer below. Blinded by the Light hits theaters on August 14th. For Adam Chitwood’s full “A” review out of Sundance head here, and check out Steve Weintraub’s interview with Chadha, Manzoor, and Kalra right here.
Here is the official synopsis for Blinded by the Light:
1987, Margaret Thatcher’s England. Javed, a 16-year-old British Pakistani boy, lives in the town of Luton. His father’s recent job termination and the neighborhood skinheads are a daily reminder of the difficult times he’s living in. What young Javed really wants is to be a writer—something his father doesn’t approve of or understand—and when a new friend loans him a few Bruce Springsteen cassettes, Javed is changed forever. The Boss’s working-class anthems and affirming lyrics seem to speak directly to Javed, emboldening him to find his own voice as a writer, stand up to the racism around him, and challenge his father’s rigid ideals.
Based on the memoir Greetings from Bury Park by journalist/writer Sarfraz Manzoor, Blinded by the Light is a comedic, joyous musical companion piece to writer/director Gurinder Chadha’s 2002 hit film, Bend It Like Beckham. Heartwarming and inspiring, Javed’s story reminds us of the transformative, universal power of music to transcend race, class, and nationality and bind us all on a human level.