Young@Heart (Fox Searchlight/Channel 4)
Walker George Films’ first documentary feature film is Young@Heart, a musical documentary about an extraordinary American chorus of pensioners who sing rock'n'roll.
Directed by Stephen Walker and produced by Sally George, the film was originally broadcast on More 4 and Channel 4 television in November 2006. It was critically acclaimed and picked by both Time Out and the Radio Times as the best documentary of 2006. Clips have attracted well over 2 million hits on YouTube.
Young@Heart won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2007, where it was acquired by Fox Searchlight for theatrical release, the studio behind hits such as Juno, Little Miss Sunshine and Sideways.
The film was released in 250 US cinemas, and the world next year. It premiered at the Los Angeles film festival, and won 23 audience awards in other major festivals, including Sydney, Paris, Nashville, Atlanta, and Warsaw.
A fictionalized version of Young@Heart is in development by the UK’s leading film company, Working Title Films. Stephen Walker and Sally George are co-producers.
Available to view on Amazon Prime.
Young @ Heart has won a total of 18 awards including:
Winner: DVD Critics Best Non-Fiction Title 2009 (USA)
Winner: AG Kino-Gilde (German Art House Cinemas) Best Documentary 2009 (Germany)
The Music Videos
Music videos featuring the Young@Heart chorus in the film are directed by Sally George. They include Road to Nowhere (Talking Heads); Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees); I Wanna be Sedated (The Ramones); and Golden Years (David Bowie). The clip below featuring chorus member Fred Knittle singing Fix You (Coldplay) has received over 2.5 million likes on YouTube.