In 1971, glam-rock exploded all over the world and challenged the seriousness within the flower-power generation by means of glitter and brutal music. Brian Slade, a young rock star, inspires numerous teenage girls and boys to paint their nails and explore their own sexuality. Unable to escape the role he has created for himself, Slade plots his own murder. When his fan discover that the murder is a hoax, his star falls and he is forgotten. In 1984, Arthur Stuart, a journalist working for a New York newspaper, is assigned a story about the murder of Brian Slade. When Arthur was young and growing in Manchester, he was more than just a fan of Slade. Reluctantly he accepts the assignment and starts to investigate what happened to the glam-rock heroes of his past. Acclaimed by critics, VELVET GOLDMINE also earned an Academy Award Nomination for Best Costume Design in 1999.