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The Alcohol Years (2000)

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When artist, musician, writer and filmmaker Carol Morley was twenty-one she left her hometown of Manchester and did not return for twelve years. Growing up in the 80s, she began drinking ... See full summary »

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When artist, musician, writer and filmmaker Carol Morley was twenty-one she left her hometown of Manchester and did not return for twelve years. Growing up in the 80s, she began drinking heavily at sixteen and frequented clubs such as the Hacienda whilst also fronting her own girl punk outfit. With her memories of the period fuzzy, she returns to the city to find out what happened, resulting in an engrossing and evocative study of the period and the British pop culture legends who made it. Text taken from the website of GFT (Glasgow film theatre)

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an interesting, if narcissistic, examination of identity
11 April 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

an interesting, if narcissistic, examination of identity. Carol Morley

  • sister of journalist and TV pundit Paul Morley - returns to her


teenage stomping ground in Manchester, putting an advert in the local paper for people who remember her. And so we're greeted with a series of talking heads, some famous (Tony Wilson, Vini Reilly) but most unknown. They paint a picture of the years that the documentary maker lost to alcohol and sex. In fact, although she was an artist and in a band, most of the interviewees seem to remember her for her sexual exploits. We never get more than a glimpse of Morley herself but, as the cast of friends and acquaintances talk into the camera, we're forced to become her. It's often intensely personal and uncomfortable, and sometime voyeuristic to the point that you wonder about Morley's motives. But it's nonetheless an interesting glimpse of Manchester at a time when the Hacienda was empty and the Happy Mondays were still practicing in a garage.


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