Directed by Matt Wolf • 2013 • United Kingdom
Starring Ben Whishaw, Jena Malone, Julia Hummer
Teenagers didn’t always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution and a chasm erupted between adults and youth, the concept of a new life stage took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed flappers or hip swing kids, zealous Hitler Youth or frenzied sub-debs, it didn’t matter—this was a new idea of how people come of age. A hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture from the end of the nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth, TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others.