How to Talk to Girls at Parties


Special opening night screening Friday, June 1st at 7:30PM with Geoff Notkin in person for a post-screening Q&A! More details below!

From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy master Neil Gaiman (“American Gods,” Coraline) and glam-rock auteur John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) comes the electrifying and singular sci-fi/pop extravaganza, How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

“The creative collision of author Neil Gaiman and the director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a match made in bizarro world heaven.” – Nikola Grozdanovic, Playlist

Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties, ruled by jaded punk matriarch Boadicea (Nicole Kidman). One night the punks stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan (Elle Fanning), a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn. Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love. (Dir. by John Cameron Mitchell, 2017, USA, 102 mins., Rated R)

Neil Gaiman and Geoff Notkin are lifelong friends and met at British public school when they were ten. In 1976 — when they were 15 years old — Gaiman took Notkin to his very first concert (Lou Reed) and afterwards suggested that they form a rock band. “It would be a good way to meet girls,” as Neil said. Their band (Chaos / Ex-Execs) played numerous concerts in and around London during the punk era, many of them in Croydon, where HTTTGAP takes place. The character of Enn in HTTTGAP is based on a combination of Neil and Geoff, and Enn wears a similar school blazer and tie to the ones Neil and Geoff were required to wear at public school. Geoff is Executive Producer on the official Neil Gaiman documentary, Dream Dangerously, and also appears in that film. Geoff sees HTTTGAP as a marvelously accurate and loving recreation of the punk era in South London, in which he and Neil were so actively involved. 45 years later, Neil and Geoff are still close friends and this HTTTGAP special event has the full support of the Gaiman camp.

Photo by Nick Harmon. Chaos / Ex-Execs in London’s Soho Market during the Summer of Punk, 1977. Left to right: Graham K. Smith (bass), Geoff Notkin (drums), Neil Gaiman (vocals), Al Kingsbury (guitar)