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Spike Island (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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Five teenage friends will stop at nothing to attend a concert by their favourite band, The Stone Roses.

Director:

Mat Whitecross

Writer:

Chris Coghill (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Tittensor ... Tits
Nico Mirallegro ... Dodge
Adam Long ... Little Gaz
Jordan Murphy ... Zippy
Oliver Heald Oliver Heald ... Penfold
Emilia Clarke ... Sally
Orla Poole Orla Poole ... Rachel
Antonia Thomas ... Lisa
Robert James-Collier ... Mr Milligan (as Rob James Collier)
Philip Jackson ... Mr Jackson
Lesley Manville ... Margaret
Steve Evets ... Eric
Terry Christian ... Interviewer
Billie May Coghill Billie May Coghill ... Melissa
Sophia Murphy Sophia Murphy ... Amy
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A wannabe rock band in Manchester hatch a plan to hand-deliver their demo tape to their idols, The Stone Roses, at the band's impending gig at Spike Island. But when their tickets fail to materialize, the gang embarks on a road trip to the concert and is forced to take extreme measures to sneak their way in. Along the way, friendships are tested and their futures are shaped - together or apart. Written by Anonymous

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The story of two bands, one girl and a night they will never forget.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spajk Ajlend See more »

Filming Locations:

Widnes, Cheshire, England, UK See more »

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Antonia Thomas and Matthew McNulty have previously starred together in Misfits (2009). See more »

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When Ibiza Ste is selecting a song to play on the jukebox, one of the options is "Ten Storey Love Song" by The Stone Roses. This song was released in 1995, but the film is set in 1990, 3 days before the Spike Island gig. See more »

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Referenced in The Making of Spike Island (2013) See more »

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Going Home Dub
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Published by Westbury Music Ltd.
Performed by Bunny Lee & Agrovators
Licensed courtesy of King Spinna Records
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Does Mat Whitecross' film Bang the Drum?
2 March 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

It's May 1990, Great Britain, and The Stone Roses are about to play a monumental outdoor gig at Spike Island in Widnes, Cheshire. A bunch of teenage acolytes of the band, aspiring musicians themselves, embark on a journey to Spike Island whist at the same time embarking on personal journeys of the real life kind.

Us Brits do like ourselves a coming of age drama set to the backdrop of musical importance. Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) taps into the era of Baggy Manchester, of a Northern Britain dominated by pills, thrills and romantic bellyaches. To many of a certain age The Stone Roses were "their" Beatles, a power pop foursome that rocked it big time, their influence on the British music industry is still being felt today. This in spite of their relatively short life span. Re: The Sex Pistols at Winterland, see The Stone Roses at Spike Island (in other words it was a pretty awful gig all told).

However, the band are secondary to the teen angst narrative threads, to the scallywag japes and sexual growing pains. As Messrs Ian Brown and John Squire weave their chordal magic in the background, a bunch of spotty Herbert's with mad mac haircuts and iffy accents try and make sense of it all, of life, death, loves and hates. Music binds them together, but does anything else?

It's all very formulaic stuff, but for those of the time, or for those with a love for how music can define your life, or at the least shape its direction, then this hits the requisite chords. It's funny at times and the cast are ebullient enough to carry the clichéd and thin material home, but come the finale you will be remembering the soundtrack more than the story itself. 6.5/10


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