In this morning’s Guardian there was an article about Big Mouth and Sex Education two Netflix shows about the trials and tribulations of being a modern teenager. I knew about Big Mouth as our teenage son has binge-watched all the episodes and praised it warmly for its no-holds-barred approach to the facts of life. What did I have at his age? Oz magazine and the Maclean’s Biology Coursebook. Reading about frogspawn and tadpoles was an enormous help to me.
Anyway, here’s a thread to hear about your impressions of life as lived by teenagers in 2020. I sometimes reflect on what similarities, if any, there are between his teen years and mine. Not many!
Rock and Roll is certainly completely out of the picture. Guitar music is something for oldies. Grime, trap and hip hop are the thing. There are very few points where our musical tastes overlap. We did go to a Kendrick Lamar concert together and both enjoyed it but that’s about it.
Teenagers are a fickle bunch. Biograf Reflexen, the cinema I do vollie work, was recently offered the chance to be the venue for a new film club for teenagers and I was appointed contact person. My colleagues, who have been working there longer offered their condolences. Trying to get teenagers to come to the cinema is mission impossible. Art house cinema? Not a hope!
They were right and wrong. Ten kids turned up for the first screening, Colour out of Space, an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation starring Nicholas Cage. Three cocky, enthusiastic lads who loved having the whole cinema to themselves. Three sophisticated, slightly older girls, who had a First Aid Kit Bo Ho chic look about them and had recently been here to see the magnificent Portrait of a Lady on Fire. And four other young chaps who had come by themselves, were a little shy, but seemed to be rather interested in the movies. Result! Next time we are showing anime classic Akira and I think we will get a larger audience.
As I sit here writing this, my son came into the kitchen and told me that I really should listen to Faith in my Killy, a new song from GRM Daily, the YouTube channel, where he makes all his new discoveries. See what you think.
And now,your teen tales, please.