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Monday, 6 January 2014

Groupie Girl - Retro Brit B-Flick 1970

 
 

Groupie Girl was made in the 1970s and follows the exploits of a bored young girl looking for adventure and wishing to escape the humdrum life of a suburban British town. She elects to follow a touring two a penny rock band. The acting is a real pile of pants, but accidentally works in a cheap way.
 
The film might have been made as a soft core sex flick. The type that was doing the rounds in the 60s and 70s. However, this B-movie doesn't do that. Perhaps it is more by accident then design, but it shows the low life antics of a bunch of tin pot musicians trying to make the big time. The groupie who follows them is used and abused by each band member over a course of time - discarded by one then going with another.
 
It is very dismal and dark and not the expected naughty postcard type of humorous fun that one might expect from the Brit era's silly sex film industry.  The movie has a lot wrong with it, but I would still say its worth a watch because this is definitely not saucy fun. It's rather harsh in its portrayal of a group of youngster chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but somehow they are lost along the way. The girl portraying the groupie is a little known actress called Esme Johns and there is nothing on the web to say she ever featured in other movies or what she does today. She made this flick and then disappeared from view.
 
It is supposed to have been co written from the experiences and knowledge of a proper groupie. I don't think the B-flick moved any mountains, but it is beginning to get a cult status with several people downloading the movie onto YouTube. Above is such a copy from a YouTuber.
 
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