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Weekender (2011)

TV-MA | | Drama, Music | 2 September 2011 (UK)
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The rave scene has arrived from Ibiza and warehouse parties are exploding across the UK bringing phenomenal wealth to the organizers. In Manchester, best mates Matt and Dylan are in their early 20's and long to be more than just punters.


Karl Golden


Chris Coghill (screenplay)





Credited cast:
Jack O'Connell ... Dylan
Sam Hazeldine ... Maurice
Zawe Ashton ... Sarah
Henry Lloyd-Hughes ... Matt
Emily Barclay ... Claire
Stephen Wight ... Gary Mac
Dean Andrews ... Sargent Thompson
Ben Batt ... John Anderson
Perry Fitzpatrick ... Chris
Richard Riddell Richard Riddell ... Craig
Tom Meeten ... Captain Acid
Mick Slaney Mick Slaney ... Police Officer
Carmen Muga ... Girl in pool
Iain McKee ... Peanut
Lara Goodison


1990. The rave scene has arrived from Ibiza and warehouse parties are exploding across the UK bringing phenomenal wealth to the organisers. In Manchester, best mates Matt and Dylan are in their early 20's and long to be more than just punters. As the government moves to outlaw the scene, it's now or never and they quickly rise through the ranks to join the promoting elite. They are taken on a wild journey from the exclusive VIP rooms of London clubs to the outrageous parties in Ibiza super-villas and the hedonism of Amsterdam. It's everything they dreamed of and more. But as their success continues to grow, they attract a more dark and sinister world. Matt and Dylan start to drift apart as they are forced to question the dreams they set out to achieve and their once solid friendship. Written by Benchmark Films

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The exploits of two friends who make the move from partying at illegal warehouse raves to becoming successful promoters at the peak of the Manchester, Amsterdam and Ibiza rave scene in the early 90's.


Drama | Music


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Did You Know?


The number 19 England football top worn by Dylan for much of the movie, is the number shirt worn by Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne in the Italia 90 World Cup finals. See more »


The 10 pound notes and 20 pound notes used in the film are the current notes. They had not yet been introduced in 1990. They were not introduced until towards of the end of the decade for the 10s and around 2006/7 for the 20s. See more »


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Written by Marshall Jefferson
Published by Sanlar Songs/Hornall Brothers Music Ltd
Performed by Marshall Jefferson
Courtesy of Casablanca Trax Records, Under license from Demon Music Group Ltd
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Long live The Rave
19 September 2011 | by Durry_theramonesSee all my reviews

Weekender takes place in the 90's, following the story of a couple of petty, small time crooks Dylan and Matt who find a new outlet for their fun loving schemes, hosting raves.

As their success grows boundlessly they are swiftly brought back to reality when they begin to attract a more sinister side of rave culture, that of violence and power/dominance. The movie demonstrates these discourse extremely well in my opinion. The acting by both of the protagonists I found to be quite enjoyable, with almost flawless performances. The castings' were great in this film with every actor representing and portraying their characters traits very realistically.

The Weekender may not have the most extraordinary plot in its twists and turns, but is with out a doubt a good if not great movie, with a solid stand up plot-line/narrative and cast. This movie for me was definitely a 6/7 out of 10. I urge you to see this movie because you will not be disappointed. IT'S NOT A BAD FILM!!! (p.s. I don't know how this film could have such a low rating because it is NOT a bad film and not a film that should be 3.7 on IMDb)

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