Cameron Crowe's first film since his Academy Award'-nominated hit "Jerry Maguire" captures a pivotal time in the history of rock and roll. Set in 1973, it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William (Patrick Fugit), an unabashed music fan who is inspired by the seminal bands of the time.
When his love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater-fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and lead singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee)William embarks on an eye-opening journey with the band's tour, despite the objections of his protective mother (Frances McDormand). With the help of the lovely "band aid" Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), William finds himself drawn into the band's inner circle. But as he becomes less an observer and more a participant in the band's dynamics, the fledgling reporter loses the objectivity to tell his story honestly, and learns a life changing lesson about the importance of family-the ones we inherit, and the ones we create.
Post film discussion with Producer and Editor (Dublin Oldschool) Michael Donnelly.
"The first time I saw Almost Famous was in a hotel room in New York. I knew I wanted to make films at this point and had a little miniDV camera but to date I had been using that camera to get me up on stage at my mates and mates of mates gigs. I was roping in other friends and shooting multi-camera videos for the bands I liked and they were letting the weird little kid with the camera hang around as a result. Apart from Almost Famous being a truly great movie it also felt like a roadmap to me. At that time these bands I was shooting with were going to become huge rock stars and I’d do their videos and life would be amazing. A few years later the bottom fell out of the music industry and the realities of life began to set in. Not that summer of 2001 though. For us then the world was our oyster and being uncool felt like the coolest thing in the world." - Michael Donnelly