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I Want to Be Famous (1976)

| Drama, Short


Steve is the smallest eleven year old in his class, thinks girls are soppy and prefers painting. He creates an exciting but violent fantasy world of his own, but in reality he is lonely and... See full summary »


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Roger Lambert

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Comments: Filmed in August, 1975.
Updated: 21 July 2019
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Complete credited cast:
Stephen Bratt ... Steve (as Steve Bratt)
Stuart Elliot Stuart Elliot ... Stuart
Andy Gough Andy Gough ... Andy
Joyce Pemberton Joyce Pemberton ... Mother
Keith Groom Keith Groom ... Father
Ted Gray Ted Gray ... Bandmaster
Steve Handforth Steve Handforth ... Teacher
Vanessa Doran Vanessa Doran ... Teacher
Brian Warrilow Brian Warrilow ... Park keeper
Eric Ball Eric Ball ... Man in street
Matthew Barlow Matthew Barlow ... Soldier
Arnold Bratt Arnold Bratt ... Soldier


Steve is the smallest eleven year old in his class, thinks girls are soppy and prefers painting. He creates an exciting but violent fantasy world of his own, but in reality he is lonely and introspective. Stuart, his best mate, is the most solid thing thing about a comfortless world where people argue too much - usually about him - and, with studied indifference, both boys establish and re-establish their devotion to each other. Written by Contemporary Films <Contemporary@roedeer.com>

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'A compassionate study of childhood' - Sunday Telegraph See more »


Drama | Short

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West Midlands Arts See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The school that Steve attends in the film was St Luke's Primary School in Wellington Road, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, England, UK. See more »

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A bleak look at the life of an unhappy boy.
23 January 2002 | by seeker3See all my reviews

"I Want to be Famous" is a "lost film" that is finally resurfacing after more than two decades of neglect (although not yet on video or dvd). It concerns Steven (Steven Bratt), an 11 year old British kid who thinks football (soccer in the US) is "rubbish," preferring to paint pictures or just daydream. His unsympathetic dad is disappointed in his son's lack of interest in sports and denigrates his artistic inclinations. His mum defends her child and Steven must listen to many arguments about which he is the topic. His only solace is his friendship with another boy (Stuart Elliot) who is good at football but still likes to hang out with Steven. They get involved in various kinds of mischief, such as having a mud fight, harassing a band practice and playing "strip down naked" hide n' seek." A comparison has been made with this film to the movie, "If...," because of the boy's violent fantasies. There is virtually no plot, just a brief view of an unhappy childhood.

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