Where is Blinded by the Light set? Behind the city, location and inspiration

Blinded By The Light

'Feel-good film of the year' Blinded by the Light is heading to cinemas in Au but just where does the film take place?

Blinded by the Light, a British feel-good comedy-drama that's been gaining attention in recent months after making waves at 2019's Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year is on the verge of release.

The film tells the story of a British teen of Pakistani heritage, making his way to adulthood and finding himself through the music of Bruce Springsteen and is directed by Bend it Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha.

Although you may not realise, Blinded by the Light and more specifically its setting played a bigger role in the film's creation than you may originally have thought.

What's Blinded by the Light about?

Blinded by the Light, which is set in 1987 when Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Regan reigned supreme, tells the story of Javed, a British teen of Pakistani heritage.

The film explores the events of his young life and delves into his journey of self-discovery through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Blinded By The Light - Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell And Rob Brydon

Who's in Blinded by the Light?

Taking on the leading role in Blinded by the Light is a newcomer to the scene, Viveik Kalra, whose acting career has only just got off the ground. His role in Blinded by the Light is his first feature film appearance while he's also had work in the ITV series Next of Kin and Beecham House.

Joining Kalra in Blinded by the Light will be Hayley Atwell of Marvel MCU and Christopher Robin fame as well as Welsh legend Rob Brydon and Game of Thrones actor Dean-Charles Chapman.

Blinded by the Light looks like a joyous feel-good film and will surely be worth a watch when it hits cinemas on August 9th, 2019.

And keep an eye out for Viveik Kalra in future as well, he could have a very bright future ahead.

(L-R) Writer Sarfraz Manzoor, actors Aaron Phagura, Nell Williams and Viveik Kalra speak during Warner Bros. Pictures

Where is Blinded by the Light set and why?

The brilliance of the story on offer in Blinded by the Light is that it could apply to anyone, anywhere.

However, in this instance, the film's main character, Javed, is from Luton, just north of London.

'Why Luton?' I hear you ask, well, that stems from the inspiration behind the film. See, Javed and the film itself are based on Sarfraz Manzoor and his memoir Greetings from Bury Park which details Manzoor's true-to-life experiences growing up in Luton and finding himself through the music of the legendary Bruce Springsteen.

Luton hardly fits the bill as an inspiring location at first glance but when you look deeper at the people and experiences they share, it is the perfect place to set the film which obviously helps when telling Manzoor's story.

Despite the film premiering at 2019's Sundance Film Festival in January, cinema-goers have had to wait until August 9th for the film to finally hit cinemas. 

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