GOD Help the Girl, the debut film by Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch, has been awarded a special jury prize at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
Murdoch was awarded the specially-created “World Dramatic Special Jury Award for the Delightful Ensemble Performance, and How the Director Brought His Own Unique Universe into Cinema” for the film, which was shot on location in Glasgow.
God Help the Girl is described as “an indie-pop musical” set in Glasgow’s West End, which follows a girl overcoming anorexia and starting her own band. The music for the film was penned by Murdoch and released in 2009.
Belle and Sebastian were formed in Glasgow in 1996 and quickly garnered cult status among music fans.
Lauded by publications from Rolling Stone to the Village Voice, they became hugely popular in the US as well as across Europe.
In 1999, Belle and Sebastian won the Brit award for best new band after a public vote. In 2005, they were voted Scotland’s greatest band in a poll by The List magazine.