Magazine article Screen International

Spring Break Forever

Magazine article Screen International

Spring Break Forever

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Harmony Korine stopped in London on his Spring Breakers tour, and spoke of inspirations from jaw bones to Skittles.Harmony Korine (centre) with producers Chris Hanley and Jordan Gertner

Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, something of an auteur take on Girls Gone Wild, has been winning raves on the festival circuit since Venice and Toronto. Vertigo is now readying the film's UK theatrical release on Friday and Korine stopped by the Curzon Soho on Tuesday night for a special screening and highly entertaining Q&A with die-hard fans.

He revealed the film, about college girls who get involved with local gangsters while on spring break, started with a single image that came to his mind -- "I thought about girls in bikinis with guns on the beach, robbing fat tourists." And he noted he'd been "collecting spring break imagery for years," for art and film projects.

He said it wasn't "an expose on spring break, it's more like a pop poem." He recounted when he was doing research in the spring break mecca of Panama City, Florida, when he stumbled upon a human jawbone in a Days Inn hotel chandelier. (This reporter had disturbing flashbacks to her long-long-ago spring break days in Myrtle Beach, SC.)

Of the film's unique look, he said: "I wanted the film to look like it was lit with Skittles...[to have] a candy-coated realism."

"I don't care about truth in films," he continued during the Q&A with Curzon director of programming (and big Korine fan) Jason Wood. "Truth is boring for the most part. …

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