Emo the Musical, which recently had its international premiere at Berlinale 2017, in the Generation 14plus program, will screen in selected cinemas from May 4.
Emo the Musical centres on Emo Ethan who has just been expelled from private-school after attempting suicide in the courtyard. On his first day at his new school – the dilapidated Seymour High – he meets Trinity, a totally naïve but cute Christian girl who is desperate to convert him to Jesus; but joining the Christian evangelists is the last thing on Ethan’s mind. What he really wants is to join the school alternative rock band ‘Worst Day Ever’ and to be part of the emo clique. After a successful audition Ethan is welcomed into the emo world and embraces his image – complete with black eye-liner and coupled with a violently possessive girlfriend, Roz. But Ethan can’t stop thinking about Trinity, who is herself stuck in a restrictive world of dogma and denial, and they secretly fall in love. With the looming annual State School Rock Competition bringing tensions in the school to an all time high, and with the burgeoning turf war between the Christians and the emos set to explode at any moment, Ethan is forced to confront the harebrained actions of his friends and question who he has become.
The cast is an ensemble of some of Australia’s most exciting young emerging talent, including Logie nominee for Best New Talent 2016, Benson Jack Anthony (800 Words), Jordan Hare (The Secret Daughter), Rahart Adams (Nowhere Boys, Pacific Rim 2), Jon Prasida (Tomorrow when the War Began), and Bridie Carter (800 Words, McCloud’s Daughters).