Velvet Goldmine

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Name: Velvet Goldmine
Abbreviation(s): VG
Creator: Todd Haynes (Director)
Date(s): 1998
Medium: Film
Country of Origin: UK, USA
External Links: IMDB
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Set mostly in flashback in 1970s England, Velvet Goldmine charts the volatile relationship between rock stars Brian Slade (reportedly based on David Bowie and played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Curt Wild (reportedly based on Iggy Pop and played by Ewan McGregor).

The characters and plot hover somewhere between fictionalized autobiography, RPF AU, and roman à clef.

Many fannish terms and expressions developed from the film's more memorable lines, many of which themselves came directly from the works of Oscar Wilde. Wilde also features very briefly as a character in the opening scenes.

Velvet Goldmine Fandom

The fandom mostly focusses on slash pairings. One of the most prominent ships is Brian/Curt, but there's also fan fiction about Curt/Arthur (played by Christian Bale) and Brian's wife Mandy.

The first active fannish community was vglist, a mailing list originally created by Keiko_Kirin on Onelist in February 1999. An invitation-only splinter group, Glitterati, was formed later that year.

Although they have been completely inactive since 2007 and 2004, respectively, both vglist and Glitterati still exist:
vglist at Yahoo!Groups
Glitterati at Yahoo!Groups

From May 2004-May 2005, Varda the Message ran "A Daily Dose of Velvet Goldmine Trivia", which has been indexed. Topics covered included:

Script vs Film
Real Life Parallels
Rock & Roll History
Who's (Supposedly) Who
Slang & Briticisms
Cinematic Details
Production Trivia
Period Details
Obsessive Viewing Observations
Six Degrees of Cinema (actors in other films with VG actors)

Varda the Message effectively takes the place of pre-LiveJournal fansites which have unfortunately disappeared, such as the noteworthy Venus, The Velvet Goldmine Fan Planet and Kay's Velvet Goldmine Site.

As of December 2012, the AO3 had 88 works in the Velvet Goldmine category[1] and FanFiction.Net had 291 works[2].

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  1. ^ AO3 fandom page shows 88 on December 12, 2012. on_verra
  2. ^ page shows 291 on December 12, 2012. on_verra