Spike Island 2013

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On a crisp December morning in 1932, bride-to-be Dolly (Felicity Jones) hides in her bedroom as her many family members arrive for the wedding with all the cheerfulness, chaos and grievances that go with such occasions.

Starring:
Elliott Tittensor,Nico Mirallegro
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Donald Rice
Starring Elliott Tittensor, Nico Mirallegro
Supporting actors Jordan Murphy, Adam Long, Oliver Heald, Emilia Clarke
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moira on 1 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
I am a fan of the Stone Roses, so thought I would like this more than I actually did. The first half hour or so is a like a mandatory check-list of all the things grim up north including a rough comprehensive, limited horizons and poor parenting. The impression of deprivation sits oddly with the studio in a nearby warehouse, the boys have, full of their not inexpensive instruments and recording equipment.
The better part is when the characters head for the gig itself capturing the spirit of venturing out at that age, loving music, festivals and relationships between friends. The music was great including the tunes written for the characters' fictional band Shadowcaster & their local rivals Palaver.
Then it's back to Manchester for some more misery and overacting - apart from Lesley Manville singing Ewan McColl which was natural & touching in comparison.
Made Of Stone is the better film for fans of the music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By freestuie on 30 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
Overshadowed by the release within a couple of weeks (at the cinema and months later, blu-ray) of Shane Meadow's Made Of Stone... Maybe the extra publicity was a blessing rather than a curse, though it might have performed better if it had been the only Stone Roses related cinema outing at the time... If the Stone Roses fan in your life doesn't own either, then Made Of Stone is definitely the must-buy. However...

I was just discovering The Stone Roses when they played Spike Island and was probably too young to have gone anyway. I AM old enough to remember the haircuts and the fashion, and this film captures the times brilliantly. This might be a redeeming factor to non-fans of the band old enough to remember though I'm not sure what else there might be, as it such a love story to that whole scene (other than for fans of Shameless to spot the many actors that appear in both). The script is a bit clunky, the acting of the lesser characters a bit wooden and the prolonged scenes of the cast singing along to the Roses a bit cheesy but it's not a bad film by any means. At times this film is funny, engaging and heartwarming (I had a tear in my eye in one scene not related to the music). Rather like Rude Boy or Take It Or Leave It, it's a must see for the older fans of The Stone Roses - one to sit proudly as a companion to Made Of Stone, even if it doesn't leave the shelf anywhere near as much. The best part is the soundtrack. Obvious I know, but I was actually impressed by the incidental music (co-written by Ash's Tim Wheeler) and the way it seamlessly blends in to the classic Stone Roses tracks themselves. So... recommended but not at the expense of Made Of Stone!
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Loved it, loved, it loved it. But then maybe I'm biased. I haven't seen a film or a tv show with Elliot Tittensor that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. (apart from Emmerdale lol) Funny, sad, moving, distressing, heart warming, musically brilliant, made me wish I was there with them. One of the best films I've seen for a while.
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By zoe furniss on 2 July 2014
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Fantastic film
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By Alex on 2 July 2014
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Excellent film
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By luke gough on 25 Jun. 2014
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Really enjoyed it, couple of slow parts but all in all a good film and defiantly worth a watch. X
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By dennis on 2 Jun. 2014
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was not sure about this film but went ahead and brought it, and surprise I did enjoy it, bit of a comedy thrown in as well
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