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Awaydays (2009)

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On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery are what they've always been: sex,... See full summary »

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Pat Holden

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Kevin Sampson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicky Bell Nicky Bell ... Carty
Liam Boyle ... Elvis
Stephen Graham ... Godden
Oliver Lee Oliver Lee ... Baby
Lee Battle Lee Battle ... Billy
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Marty (as Micheal Ryan)
Sean Ward Sean Ward ... Robbie
Anthony Borrows ... Pee Wee (as Anthony Burrows)
David Barlow David Barlow ... Eddie
Elliot Hughes Elliot Hughes ... Jimmy
Holliday Grainger ... Molly (as Holliday Granger)
Ian Puleston-Davies ... Uncle Bob
Ged McKenna Ged McKenna ... Mr. Carty
Lianne Sorsa Lianne Sorsa ... Suzy (as Lianna Sorza)
Dannielle Malone Dannielle Malone ... Janie (as Danielle Malone)
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On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and fighting. Written by FilmFinders

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Idegen pályán See more »

Filming Locations:

Wirral, Merseyside, England, UK See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£39,045 (United Kingdom), 24 May 2009, Limited Release
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In the scene where the main protagonist is running from the graveyard it is possible to see the headstones of Mr and Mrs MacBeth, the grandparents of sports trader Tom Balbuena. See more »

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In the Probe Records scene, a copy of the Manuel Gottsching album "E2E4" can be seen on the wall. The film is set in 1979 but the album wasn't released until 1984. See more »

Quotes

Carty: Fuck's that?
Elvis: It's an everyday reminder of the absurdity of life - and the absolute certainty of death.
Carty: Fucking hell. What are these?
Elvis: Forest Hills.
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The credits thank "Nicola & Eddy at Camel Llairds". The correct spelling of this famous shipbuilder is "Cammell Laird" See more »

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Just For A Moment
Written by Billy Currie and John Foxx
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Ken Loach The Musical
21 September 2012 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

This is has got to be one of the most bizarre movies I've seen in a very long time . It has the gloomy , gritty , realist kitchen sink drama you've seen a million times from every Ken Loach film . Somewhat conscious of this Pat Holden then introduces a contemporary soundtrack tothe film , a soundtrack that seems to go on and on . According to the wikipedia a grand total of 28 tracks are used throughout the running time . You can't get enough of doom laden nihilistic songs , tunes to slash your wrists to ? Then you'll probably enjoy AWAYDAYS . Oh and you're also a latent homosexual who can't catch enough homo erotic glances from male characters in a movie ? In that case you might just believe this is a gay , kitchen sink , pop video equivalent of GONE WITH THE WIND

These aren't necessarily criticisms and AWAYDAYS would go down very well with film students wanting to discuss kitchen sink British drama or gay cinema or wider existentialist themes . Certainly the look and feel of the movie resembles that of many classic PLAY FOR TODAY dramas but the problem is there seems to be three different type of films trying to escape

Certainly the best aspect of the film is its sense of time and place . Unlike Nick Love's remake of THE FIRM you really do believe the story is taking place in its chronological setting , so much so that Holden gives the impression that he owns a Tardis . The hairstyles and fashion and whole feel of the movie screams that it's 1979 Merseyside . However this is the only thing Holden manages to capture well and convey to the audience

It's interesting how extreme some of the reviews on this page are and after watching AWAYDAYS you'll take on board both the praise and criticism . Both sides are right in their arguments and I'm sticking by my one line summary at the top of this review


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