”I don’t like the way life is for the majority of us — I don’t say I can change it, but I can sing about it.”
An anti-establishment punk singer (Hazel O’Connor) rises to fame and sells out.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Aspiring Stars
- Punk Rock
Response to Peary’s Review:
Breaking Glass tells the familiar story of an idealistic artist who discovers, lo and behold, that fame and fortune come at a price. While the film’s screenplay doesn’t cover much new territory, it nonetheless serves as an effective vehicle for charismatic punk New Waver Hazel O’Connor, whose music is raw and seductive. Peary notes that this is a “sad, thematically bewildering” film, but I think that’s exactly the point: we’re supposed to mourn Hazel’s gradual loss of political and artistic autonomy, and to empathize with the angry confusion she feels by the end. The scene in which she defends herself during a radio interview is particularly poignant. Who ever said punk was upbeat?
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Hazel O’Connor as Kate
- Phil Daniels as Kate’s manager
- O’Connor’s increasingly bizarre outfits and make-up
- An eclectic, often enjoyable soundtrack of New Wave punk
No, but it’s worth a look simply for its erstwhile status as a cult favorite.