In grim and grungy 1974 Lancashire, restless teenager John (Elliot James Langridge) finds an escape from his dead-end life when he discovers American soul music, but his volatile friendship with cocky rebel Matt (Josh Whitehouse) threatens to derail his plans to become a DJ. Clearly a passion project for photographer turned writer-director Elaine Constantine, coming-of-age drama Northern Soul brilliantly captures the amphetamine-fuelled energy and sweat-soaked fervour of 1970s northern England’s soul music subculture, and while the story runs along familiar grooves the music and dancing is electrifying. Look out for cameos from Steve Coogan as John’s patronising teacher, Ricky Tomlinson as his ailing granddad and pop singer Lisa Stansfield as his bitter mum.
Certificate 15. Runtime 102 mins. Director Elaine Constantine.
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