The film was a wonderful insight into 1970's working class Britain. Cameo roles from some great British Actors. Ricky Tomlinson, John Thomson, Lisa Stanfield and Alan Partridge himself :- combined with the vibrancy of the Northern Soul Scene and a great sound track made for a great nights entertainment.... The care taken to get the sense of futility being a teenager in 1970's represented and the hope Northern Soul represented - in this case a trip to the USA and a future was sublime. Also a clever twist on boy meets girl boy loses girl and boy wins girl back meant the plot held <more>
its own extremely well.... They were dancing in the aisles during the credits on the way out and a group of teenagers were being taught some moves in the centre of Bristol too by a few oldies who 'were there'....great fun
Superb tale & music that will take you back there... (by Backyardbitesuk)
Fantastic... Haven't smiled from beginning to an end of a movie like that in years... This is actually my old man's era and mine followed over a decade later with the warehouse parties and our version of all nighters I suppose. But he went to those clubs back including Twisted Wheel and Wigan Casino... You have to see the attention to detail and the amazing soundtrack captures you. I can't wait to watch it together with Pop's. I went to the premiere and onto the 100 Club for the after party and then believe it or not dusted off my dancing shoes and no doubt made a fool of <more>
myself... But loved every minute of it no matter how daft I may have looked ha ha
Gritty Drama about the great sound of Northern Soul. (by aqwn77)
Great British drama at its best. Excellent Script and acting from the young unheard of cast. Music in the film,brilliant. This film has been in the making for a very long time and its a shame it didn't get the overall support from the film industry that it deserves. Watched it on DVD over the weekend and will be watching it again. I am into the Northern Soul scene anyway so know quite a few of the classic songs on the soundtrack. Gritty film..get it and get lost in the world of Northern Soul in its heyday. Go out and by on DVD and get some lino out and talc and get dancing to this <more>
cracking film. Excellent. Gritty Drama about the great sound of Northern Soul.
So I saw Northern Soul the film tonight for the 2nd time. The first time I saw it was at the premier and it wasn't in a proper cinema and the sound was so bad that you couldn't pick out the dialogue.I am so glad I went back. I realise that I am biased but it's a bloody good film. I happen to have been lucky enough to be an extra in the dance scenes and have waited 2 years to see this film make it to the big screen. Many times along the way I thought it would never come.Elaine Constantine, the director, captures 2 things really well: the 70s and the passion for northern soul.She <more>
paints a great picture of growing up working class in the 70s and doesn't give in to the more comedic ideas of 70s fashion. This is all very real and there's not one Chopper or Space Hopper in sight.The film is dark and gritty but the soundtrack is amazing and her dancers are spot on. Elaine's experience as a photographer is very evident throughout as is her passion for the subject matter.She brilliantly captures the look on a dancer's face when they are lost in the music, when it's just you, the music and the dance floor.There are several cameos in the film and all are played down and the young leads really shine. All the cast do a superb job. I love the fact that James Lance is a great soul dancer and he picked up the moves to better understand his role but you never see him dance in the film. You can feel that love, that dedication throughout from all involved. This was a labour of love and it worked.Although the film sinks into a very dark place she really lifts it with the final scenes.A great British picture and I was proud to be allowed to be part of it.
I don't know if I'm giving anything away, but please forgive me if I am. For me it was an excellent film, great attention to detail, and very authentic. Everything included in the plot, from the school, youth club, parent's attitude, and finally the casino, registered firmly on my radar. The joy of the weekend after what for most of us was a pretty mundane week, rang so true, I could almost hear the bell tolling, maybe that was the bell for morning assembly I'm hearing : The film was made covering a short period of time, so to me everything had to be included, so as to <more>
recreate the time period, drugs, fighting, romance, are real recollections for most of us, granted not necessarily in such a short time frame, but if someone is going to be successful at evoking such an important time for so many of us, artistic licence must be granted. I've seen it twice, the first time I decided to disregard the northern soundtrack, and I saw a realistic and gritty piece of drama. The second time I allowed myself to be immersed in everything on display, and it was even better. If you like British films, please give it a go, if you like northern then it's a must, let go of the preconceptions and the ''What will happen next'' views of some reviewers, watch it for yourself and do what we've always done, make an informed decision on what's directly placed in front of you.
Like a rare song that everyone would like to hear (by siderite)
The film is about young boys in a poor British industrial town becoming friends over soul music. They get high on amphetamines and dance and DJ their asses off. There is a little bit of drama, a little bit of romance, but the focus is on the music and on their young Northern souls. Nicely acted by total unknowns, well set up, I would put it in the same category with the likes of The Full Monty. If you liked that one, this one is a bit less comedic and rough around the edges, but just as strong.
Love can mean anything (by paultreloar75)
This is a movie to immerse yourself in, to lose yourself in, to get into the groove of. It's tremendous in the way that you plunge headlong into some sweaty dj-dysfunction, and the perils of the needle, whilst laughing almost all the way. The main protagonist develops quite a set of pecs over the duration, we all said we felt like dancing afterwards, this is an energetic film.But it's carefully shot, wonderfully acted, beautifully sounding, reportage of the scene and all the better for it, with some quite superb performances as a result. You will have the time of your life. Enjoy.
Joy of a film (by Saiph90)
Having been a teenager in the 70's regrettably Northern Soul passed me by, so I have little knowledge of the music and rather stumbled across this movie, I thought this movie was a gem. Here we have the gritty 70's a tough decade but in some ways better than now. In the 70's people went to the pub to talk and drink, now we have people perpetually fiddling with their phones like a nervous disorder. I can be talking to some who will be staring into the phone, in the 70's we had dance now we have facebook and twitter where it is more important to tell people you are having a good <more>
time rather than having a good time. I love British films depicting ordinary working class lives and this film does it in spades. Rather than bore you with the plot which is covered in the synopsis get out and enjoy this film whether you like Northern Soul or not, great acting, vibrant, this is a joy of a film.