Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways

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Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways
DVD cover
Directed byVictory Tischler-Blue
Produced byVictory Tischler-Blue
Written byVictory Tischler-Blue
StarringLita Ford, Cherie Currie, Sandy West, Jackie Fox, Victory Tischler-Blue, Kim Fowley, Suzi Quatro
Sacred Dogs Entertainment Group
Distributed byImage Entertainment
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States

Edgeplay: A Film about the Runaways is a 2004 documentary film that was produced and directed by former Runaways bassist Victory Tischler-Blue. Edgeplay chronicles the history of the all-teenage-girl rock band The Runaways, whose members included future rock stars Lita Ford and Joan Jett.[1][2] The movie premiered as part of filmmaker Allison Anders' 2004 "Don't Knock the Rock Film and Music Festival".[3]

Kim Fowley, the band's original manager, originally asked for $10,000 appearance fee in order to appear in the film, but eventually agreed to appear for free if he could sing his answers to questions, with a guitarist accompanying him. Vicki Blue agreed and this is how his appearance was originally shot. However, he then informed her that each of his answers was a song that would require a separate license. Fowley was shooting a segment for VH1 at about that time, so Blue sent her questions to the VH1 folks, who agreed to let her use their footage.[1] The film ultimately casts blame on Fowley for the Runaways' breakup.[4]

Conspicuously absent from the movie was Joan Jett, who refused to participate in interviews or allow any of her music to be used, and as Jett wrote or co-wrote most of the Runaways music, very few of the band's songs were able to be used on the soundtrack, which had to feature musical contributions mostly performed by Lita Ford or Suzi Quatro.

In a 2006 interview with the Montreal Mirror, Joan Jett said:

"To me, the Runaways is my baby, so you have to understand my perspective. If there’s gonna be a Runaways movie, it should be about what we accomplished, the tours we did, the bands we played with, the people we inspired. I’m not gonna participate in a Jerry Springer fest, bottom line. With any band, you’re gonna have interpersonal conflicts, but if that’s what they thought the Runaways were about—about breaking a bass or putting on make-up—well, it’s very disappointing. Very, very disappointing. I wanted nothing to do with it because that’s not the band I was in. [The film] was a totally different take on what went down."[5][6]

Shortly after the film was released, Sandy West, the band's drummer was diagnosed with cancer. She died on October 21, 2006.[7]


  • "Tischler-Blue has pulled-together a harrowing tale of ’70s rock’n'roll excess and shattered dreams that rivals any rock documentary ever made... the showbiz veneer is replaced by a kind of brutal honesty that doesn’t make it to the silver screen much these days. “Edgeplay” dodges the usual pre-sweetened rock’n'roll clichés, and goes straight for the jugular." (Chris Parcellin, Film Threat, 2005)[8]
  • "Edgeplay adheres to a very linear structure, starting off with the germ of an idea that would bring the band together and concluding with the events that split them apart, but after a lengthy retelling of how these five girls became The Runaways, it's more or less wall-to-wall dirt." (Adam Tyner, DVD Talk, 2005)[9]
  • "Blue employs crafty editing techniques to recreate some of the more memorable events in the band history as told from the perspective of each member. It’s like a rock n’ roll Roshomon [sic], with the truth being relative to the teller of each tale." (Karman Kregloe, AfterEllen.com, 2005)[10]

See also[edit]

The Runaways (2010 film)


  1. ^ a b Devenish, Colin (July 29, 2004). "The Runaways' Sad Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Shey, Brittanie (April 9, 2010). "Edgeplay... The Other Runaways Movie". Houston Press. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Lecaro, Lina (August 12, 2004). "Trying to face the music". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Goldsmith, Melissa U. D.; Willson, Paige A.; Fonseca, Anthony J. (2016). The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 259. ISBN 1442269871.
  5. ^ Barry, Chris (August 3, 2006). "Rad reputation". Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on November 24, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Itter, Scott (July 2005). "Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways". areuonsomething.com. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Sandy West, 47, Runaways Drummer". Associated Press. October 25, 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Parcellin, Chris (April 28, 2005). "Girls Interrupted: The Controversial New Runaways Documentary". Film Threat. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  9. ^ Tyner, Adam (April 3, 2005). "Edgeplay - A Film About The Runaways". DVD Talk. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  10. ^ Kregloe, Karman (October 13, 2005). "Edgeplay - A Film About The Runaways". AfterEllen.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2011.

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