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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Northern Soul - my film review

To the flicks yesterday to see the much-anticipated and long-awaited Northern Soul film.  It's a film that's gone straight to DVD and you can buy it in the shops now. But a few independent cinemas have chosen to show it on the big screen and I do hope it gets an even wider audience than that. It certainly deserves it.

It's a coming-of-age film, set in 1974 when the world both inside and outside home was dark and bleak with little to do.  Yes, there's a great soundtrack and fab dancing. But the film is much more. It's about growing up in the '70s, friendship and falling out, falling in love and finding yourself. 

The film is much edgier and darker than I expected - and is the better for it. The evocation of mid-1970s is spot on.  The attention to detail is incredible - from the fashion and flares to the factories and the fellas' haircuts.

At the end of the film, the audience at the cinema applauded and cheered.  Many clapped along to the final song as the credits rolled. If you like Northern Soul, you'll love this film. But you don't need to be a fan of the music to enjoy the film - it's strong enough to stand on its own as an outstanding piece of film with the music as the soundtrack to the characters' lives. Go and see it.

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