Young pop stars 'get crucified' by media

Young music stars can be "crucified" in the media as they burn out from the demands of their career, says the director of a new film about a troubled pop singer.

Vox Lux, directed by Brady Corbet, stars Natalie Portman as Celeste, a global celebrity and icon on the verge of a breakdown.

Rising British star Raffey Cassidy plays the young Celeste, who is "discovered" in 1999 after getting caught up in a high school shooting.

Portman plays the older Celeste in scenes that show her mounting a comeback after a scandal that has derailed her career.

Corbet, whose previous film, The Childhood of a Leader, starred Robert Pattinson, says Vox Lux is "about the crossing point of fame and infamy and how they have increasingly become one and the same."

The 30-year-old, who started out as an actor in such films as Thunderbirds and Thirteen, believes the life of a music star is more "extreme" than one lived in the film industry.

"As a musician, you have to be on the road 200 days of the year for the economics to make sense. It's hard once you are on the wheel to get off it.

"When you get run into the ground, and you are going to get run into the ground, there's a lot of folk who seem to enjoy crucifying these often young people. They are suffering and people seem to think it's hilarious."

Stacy Martin, who plays Celeste's sister, cites Amy Winehouse and Britney Spears as examples of pop stars who have publicly gone off the rails.

"There was such a high demand to know about them when they were famous [that] when it came to their downfall people also wanted to see it," she says. "Their downfall was part of their fame."

The recent success of A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody has prompted renewed interest in Hollywood's portrayals of the music industry.

Elton John biopic Rocketman, to be released later this month, will also chronicle the highs and the lows of life in the limelight.

Source - BBC News


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