I Used to be Normal : A Boyband Fangirl Story

Run Times:
96 min
Jessica Leski
Jessica Leski
Plot Summary

From the Beatles, to the Backstreet Boys and One Direction, I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story will take you back to the fun, fantasy and feelings of your teenage years.

Filmed over four years, and spanning three generations, this intimate story follows a diverse group of women who have had their lives dramatically changed by their boyband obsessions. These four women must navigate the challenges of love, sexuality, family and faith, while constantly grappling with all the problems and contradictions that are part of being in love with a boyband.


“A joyous documentary”
– Sarah Ward, Screen Daily


Screen Daily – ‘I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story’: Sydney Review

Festivals and Awards

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, April 2018
*Top Audience Pick – Nightvision Section

Sydney Film Festival, Australia, June 2018

Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Australia, July 2018

New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand, July 2018

Melbourne Film Festival, Australia, August 2018

Darwin International Film Festival, Australia, September 2018

Queer Screen, Australia, September 2018

Fantastic Fest, USA, September 2018

Music Documentary Film Festival, Australia, September 2018

Byron Bay International Film Festival, Australia, October 2018

Adelaide Film Fest, Australia, October 2018

BFI London Film Festival, UK, October 2018

In-Edit International Music Documentary Film Festival, Spain, October 2018

DOC NYC, USA, November 2018

Hawaii International Film Festival, USA, November 2018

Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands, January 2019

Goteborg Film Festival, Sweden, January 2019

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, January 2019

Dock of Bay Musical Documentary Film Festival, Spain, January 2019

Miami International Film Festival, USA, March 2019

Cleveland International Film Festival, USA, March 2019

Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey, April 2019

In-Edit Film Festival, The Netherlands, April 2019

ZLIN Film Festival, Czech Republic, May 2019

Oslo Pix, June 2019