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Finally, a trailer for a film I've been keeping an eye on since right before it premiered at the London Film Festival. Set in the post-punk world of 1979, the story is based on the novel by Kevin Sampson who also adapted the script. It's a coming of age tale for bored teenagers and involves lots of fighting and looks incredibly well shot. It opens on May 22nd in the UK and I hope we're not far behind.

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. Paul Carty (Nicky Bell) goes to the game, chases skirt, pores over records in the racks at Probe, and gets to see Echo and the Bunnymen, but his fraught family life and dull job leave him feeling bereft. Becoming mates with the Berlin Bowie romantic Elvis (Liam Boyle), Carty is drawn to The Pack, a faction of football hooligans who own the terraces, a gang that Elvis is finding hard to distance himself from.

Endearing himself to The Pack’s General, John Godden (Stephen Graham), Carty throws himself into a world of boozy train journeys, Stanley knives and savage violence. Skillfully directed by Pat Holden, with a script adapted by Kevin Sampson from his own cult novel, Awaydays is an exuberant thrill, an outstanding rites of passage movie with intelligence and depth that is superior to any recent film dealing with hooliganism. The violence is brutal and horribly realistic; period details are impeccably recreated; and the strident, post-punk soundtrack that propels the action is superb.


Trailer after the break. via Empire



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Anonymous (9 years ago) Reply

Has to be the gayest looking hooligan film ever. What's with the hair cuts?

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Ben Austwick (9 years ago) Reply

Anon - working-class British fashion in the 80s put a lot of emphasis on having a decent haircut. This film actually looks more accurate than most than have come before it.

Good to see the focus shift from London to the north as well. If I hear another Cockney say "jog on" I'll probably stab someone myself.

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Anonymous (9 years ago) Reply

still looks gay. end of. jog on

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Usa rules ok (9 years ago) Reply

soccer i9s gay!

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stelly (9 years ago) Reply

They've got the look spot on. 1979, Liverpool, The Wedge Cut, Adidas Forest Hills, Cagoules and Blades. Perfect!

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micky (9 years ago) Reply

review in GQ not very positive...hope this isn't going to be a disappointment!!!

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Marko (9 years ago) Reply

I've just ploughed my way through this mess of a film on DVD. It started off very promising, I liked the music and that it was set in the late 1970s. Also the fact that it was a hooligan film not set in London was very refreshing. However it quickly descended into tedious self indulgent drivel. It was one of those films where after an hour or so you felt that every scene might be the last and the place where it ended didn't make any more sense than it ending anywhere else. The fight scenes were pure fantasy. A bunch of wimpy young lads seemed to be able to go anywhere and turn over gangs of hardened grown men. The violence was also presented as deep and profound as if it was it was the perfect back drop to the tortured sound of bands like Joy Division. When one of The Pack murders the gang leader by cutting in his throat in a crowded pub with no apparent repercussions legal or otherwise I realised this was a a fantasy film. A middle class art students take on what it is to be violent. By the end I was barely aware of what was going on I was so bored.

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Anonymous (8 years ago) Reply

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