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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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Well worth seeing
9 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

A more realistic precursor to Michael Winterbottom's '24 Hour Party People', this is a compelling, funny, and poignant memoir of Carol Morley's 'lost' years in Manchester in the early 1980's. The story is told through painfully honest interviews with old friends and acquaintances who reveal that the younger Morley was a wild and promiscuous character. Morley herself never appears on screen, a clever device as the viewer is left to piece her story and her character together (although it's also worth watching the DVD as the director's commentary gives Morley a chance to answer back to some of the comments made about her). A beautifully told insight into a fascinating life, time, city and culture.


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