The Straits Times
Published on Oct 09, 2012

Creator of Sopranos back with rock 'n' roll tale


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The creator of the popular Sopranos is back, this time on the big screen with a new saga set in the New Jersey suburbs filled with teenagers and rock 'n' roll instead of mobsters and violence.

David Chase's cinema debut, Not Fade Away, which premiered at the New York Film Festival, is a coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s, centred around a group of teens who form a band and taste the entwined allures of rock music and rebellion.

At the core of the story is Douglas, played by John Magaro with the sleepy eyes and curly mop of a young Bob Dylan, who aspires to become a singer and songwriter.

Along the way come friendships and conflicts among the band members and growing tension with Douglas' traditionally minded family, particularly his father, played by James Gandolfini.