Monday, October 11, 2010

Silver Screen Sunday {The Hairy Bird}

I was going to do this week’s Siver Screen Sunday on Hairspray (2007) but that would involve a lot of messing about with screencaps and what-not so when I noticed I had already screencapped another film set in the early ‘60s but never posted about it, I decided this week I’d look at that one instead.

The Hairy Bird aka All I Wanna Do aka Strike!, which is the only feature length directorial effort by Sarah Kernochan. The story takes place at Miss Godard’s School for Girls, which is run by Miss McVane, played by Lynn Redgrave, who sadly passed away earlier this year.



The girls find out that Miss Godard's is under the threat of amalgamating with an all-boys' school - some of them think this is a good thing but others see it as devastating, so they devise a plan in the hopes of throwing a spanner into the works.

This is one of my favourite films - I’m always fond of a storyline that focuses on friendship, rather than romance (possibly because I can relate to those films far easier) and I also love films that show just how awesome girls are. That, in my opinion, is never a bad thing. Actually, this film is almost like St Trinian's meets Dead Poets Society (or something else set in a boarding school) - the girls get up to a fair bit of mischief but it also touches on self-discovery and is, I suppose, a coming-of-age story in a way, too.

Some of the mischief - making moonshine in the attic.



There is also a bizarre group of boys who take photos of road-kill - they call themselves the 'Flat Critters'. Vincent Kartheiser is the 'leader' of the group and he takes a shine to Tinka Parker, one of the girls at Miss Godard's.




Pastels! Spring colours! And Tinka's amazing red+black dress.


This is one of my favourite dresses from the film.

One of my favourite parts of the film is a montage showing the girls getting ready for a dance - I think it's very visually interesting and there's something about the ritual of getting ready that I find very appealing.

Getting Ready

It also has an amazing soundtrack - here is just one of my favourite songs (Easier Said than Done by The Essex):

The 'getting ready' sequence inspired me to find some powder puffs on etsy...

Found here.

Found here.

And a couple of record players to spin some tunes on:

This is for children but it's so cute! Found here.

Found here.

So, anyone else out there a fan of this film? As I said, it's one of my all-time favourites. And, as usual, there are more screencaps up on flickr.

Andi B. Goode


  1. this is one of my absolute favourites also!!! such a fun movie and i much prefer vincent in this than in mad men :P

  2. Phebe: Yay! =D I have actually only seen one or two episodes of Mad Men =\ But I agree anyway lol

  3. oh i must see this! thanks for the tip!

    And i looove the essex

  4. Up your ziggy with a wah wah brush! Hehehe...I love this movie but I havent watched it for ages! I think I will this weekend :)
    x Molly

  5. I thought I recognised that chap!
    Never seen this film, but I think it's going on my wish list now.
    I love how the girls lined up really look like teenagers, not the usual set of late 20 somethings they get to play school kids normally!
    Thanks for widening my cinematic tastes once again Andi!

  6. oh man, i loved that movie when i was younger! i'd forgotten all about it, i think i'll have to download it.

  7. hehe, oh, i LOVE this movie! it's so adorable :)

  8. I've never heard of this movie, but I def. Want to put it on Netflix now!

  9. Andi this is one of my fav movies from high school!!! I had the hugest crush on snake as Vincent is super hot in this movie lol. I think it's so awesome you did a post on it!!!

  10. that movie was always so odd to me!! lovely fashion though.

  11. I have never seen this film but it sounds great, thanks for the recommendation!

  12. I really like that movie... I wonder why it has so many titles though, I'd never even heard of it being called The Hairy Bird before, haha. Great caps! I love the one of Kirsten Dunst with the coke.

  13. I haven't seen this yet, but seeing all the amazing outfits/hair it's going straight into my Netflix queue! ;) Thanks for sharing these films, Andi--I'm constantly finding new ones to add to my "must watch" list from your posts.

    ♥ Casey | blog

  14. Thanks for all those screen caps :) Love the dresses and the hair!

    That children's record player is to die for.. I want it. Sacrilige: I don't even want to play it, I just want to take lots of photos of it pretending to listen to it!

  15. I had never heard of this movie, but I really want to see it now! Sadly, it doesn't seem to be available in Swedish on-line stores... *sigh* I'll def keep my eyes open for it, though!

    Thank you for sharing!

  16. I've never even heard of it! I shall have to look it up now.

    I really want that second powder puff for my new dressing table. It's gorgeous!

  17. Hi there, I just wanted to say I love your blog and upon reading about your visit to Vintage Garage in Melbourne I went there last weekend and it is fabulous! Thank you. I have put a link to your blog on mine. Have a great day ^U^

  18. This film is good fun! Your screen caps made me want to re-watch it

  19. OMG i never knew anybody else liked this movie, my fave was Up your ziggy with a wah wah brush, LOL!!


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