Colin MacInnes' 1959 novel Absolute Beginners was widely regarded as the first authentic record of the British teen scene of the late 1950s. By the time the property made it to the screen, the lifestyle it celebrated had long faded from… More Colin MacInnes' 1959 novel Absolute Beginners was widely regarded as the first authentic record of the British teen scene of the late 1950s. By the time the property made it to the screen, the lifestyle it celebrated had long faded from view; thus, Absolute Begineers was no longer a docudrama but a nostalgia piece. The story is related from the point-of-view of 18-year-old Colin (Eddie O'Connell), who lives to party. Colin's like-minded girlfriend, who calls herself "Crepe Suzette", is marvelously portrayed by Patsy Kensit. During an evening's revelry in Soho, Colin and his girl make the acquaintance of several eccentric types, while the soundtrack pulsates to a rhythm 'n' blues beat. Every so often, we are given a hint of the disenfranchisement and racial diviviseness that would plunge working-class England into turmoil in the 1960s. As the main plot moves forward, Colin develops into a first-rate professional photographer, while Crepe Suzette becomes a highly sought-after fashion model. Neither is happy, however; while striving to attain these goals, they have drifted far apart. Their final reunion is staged against a backdrop of sweeping social change, staged in appropriately cathartic fashion by director Julian Temple. In its superb utilization of vintage rock themes and its razor-sharp accuracy in recreating a bygone era, Absolute Beginners can be considered the British "answer" to Hollywood's American Graffiti--though Beginners has a lot more sociopolitical "bite". The film was an enormous success, especially amongst teenagers, who despite the thirty-year time lapse found themselves intensely relating to the characters on screen.