Theoretical Girl

Photo by Pavla Kopecna

Chic chanteuse Theoretical Girl pens elegant 60s-inspired pop gems. Her album ‘Rivals’ is out on May 25 on Memphis Industries. She plays in store at Pure Groove (London) on May 29, at the Borderline (London) on June 17 and at Glastonbury Festival on June 27. For more information, visit her MySpace. Below, she tells us about her favourite films.

1- Historias Mínimas (2002)
This has to be my favourite film of all time. It’s a road movie set in Patagonia and follows three beautifully simple and profound characters whose stories interweave as the film progresses. All of the actors are amateurs. It’s just a really moving and intimate film that gets you rooting for all of the characters!

2- The Harry Potter Films (2001-2005)
I love the way these films suck you into a whole new world. I want to go to school at Hogwarts, but only if I’m in Gryffindor!

3- Three Colours: Blue (1993)
On this list simply for the most amazing portrayal of grief I’ve ever seen, by Juliette Binoche. The scene where she scrapes her knuckles along the wall is so powerful.

4- The Vanishing (1988 version)
The most chilling plot of any film I’ve ever seen. Everybody’s worst nightmare!

5- The Sound Of Music (1965)
I was so scared thinking about The Vanishing that I needed a bit of cheering up. And there’s nothing better for that than The Sound of Music!

6- The Piano Teacher (2001)
I do like a dark and twisted love story!

7- The Seventh Seal (1957)
I’m sure that everybody picks this! At one time I was going to project it behind me while I played at gigs, but then realised that everyone would end up watching it instead of me!

8- Period Dramas
There’s nothing I like better than curling up on the sofa, Earl Grey tea, chocolate and a period drama. It’s the only time I can ever get a fix of romance in these un-romantic times! And I do like a man in boots and britches! Doesn’t really matter which one, any period drama will do! How girly of me!

9- Educating Rita (1983)
Julie Walters is genius in this film. She’s so brilliant at portraying characters’ sadness and humour. I love her.

10- Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
An odd choice, I know, but I think it’s the funniest animated film there is. Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien is amazing and I saw it at the IMAX, which always makes a film seem a little better than it actually is!.