Reminiscent of the sort of teen rock-star fantasies best left in the bedroom, "Powder" tritely depicts the rivalry between two bands.

Reminiscent of the sort of teen rock-star fantasies best left in the bedroom, “Powder” tritely depicts the rivalry between two bands. Crudely adapted by Kevin Sampson from his own, better novel, and poorly helmed by Mark Elliott (who collaborated with Sampson on “Awaydays”), this cringe-inducing drama makes many missteps, the worst of which is to constantly overhype as brilliant the mediocre music its protagonists produce. Opening in very limited release domestically Aug. 26, pic will blow away as quickly as dust on a dry day.

The frontman of struggling beat combo the Grams, Keva (wooden Liam Boyle) is supposedly fuming because rival group Transbad Saints has stolen a song he wrote and become successful. The Grams sign with a label owned by Guy (Jefferson Hall) and start an album, but Keva must suffer some clunky flashbacks and take some drugs before he can move forward. Musician James Walsh sings Keva’s vocals and contributes music, which should ensure that at least fans of Walsh’s own outfit, Starsailor, will show some interest. Tech credits are shaky, although the festival performance scenes nearly convince.

Powder

U.K.

Production

A Soda Pictures release of a Red Union Films production. (International sales: MultiVisionnaire Media, Alhambra.) Produced by David A. Hughes. Executive producers, Kevin Sampson, David Moores Jr., Simon Moran. Directed, edited by Mark Elliott. Screenplay, Kevin Sampson, adapted from a novel by Sampson.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Mark Waters; music, David A. Hughes; music supervisor, David Moores Jr.; production designer, Malcolm Smith; art director, Colin Taylor; costume designer, Nicky Barron Orange. Reviewed at Soho Screening Rooms, London, Aug. 22, 2011. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Liam Boyle, Alfie Allen, Jefferson Hall, AL Weaver, Vinette Robinson, Stephen Martin Walters, Ralf Little, Oliver Lee.
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