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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 September 2015
Dixie, a young Welsh postie with golden ears when it comes to music, has discovered the best unsigned band on-line. That's all it takes for him to give up his job , leave South Wales with his girlfriend Shell, move to London, track down the band and offer to manage them. They cheerfully agree with a beer and a handshake. Dixie then sets about promoting them, making contact with a mate from home already working in music management, trying to arrange an iconic gig and sending out cassettes (for the retro value) to raise interest in them.

The film's heart is in the right place, but doesn't convince as really funny or well observed. There are a lot of contrived obstacles thrown in Dixie's way that mean he keeps having to run from one end of the country to other to keep the band together while trying to get them signed up. I enjoyed the soundtrack which included a lot of established bands, but there was nothing about the fictional band, other than Dixie's say so, that merited their potential as the best new band. If you suspend your disbelief long enough to accept that they are, that then begs the question, what's the point of Dixie, if everyone already loves them on-line, queues up to see them and companies are fighting to sign them. If it was a better or funnier film, you probably wouldn't stop to ask those questions.

Amiable but not great.
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on 7 April 2014
I'm confused at reading the other inexplicably positive reviews for this film. It's really very poor and, aside from a few surprising cameo appearances, cannot be commended. In a nutshell this film is old fashioned, cheesy and unfunny. If that's your thing then fill your boots!
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on 26 April 2014
I loved the original short clips produced on youtube a few years ago. The cameos, humour and script was just right. Sadly the film didn't live up to these early original clips. The reworked sections based upon these clips were poor and the film cheesy.

For me the best early clip joked on about Eddie Pillar as Mr Secret Affair... where was the man himself in the film?

Wanted to love it, but let down..... sorry.
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on 17 December 2015
This is a great underground film. If you lived through or have an interest in the 'Mod' movement you will relate to this film. Also if you enjoy the concept of Trainspotting, Twin Town or other similar stories this will appeal to you. The cast is a real selection of new comers and well established players and they mix well to form a seamless performance which flows nicely along. There's an innocence to the film which I liked in the sense that nothing horrible or terrible happens and there's an uplifting element to it all. The highlight is the music closely followed by the cameo's.
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on 5 March 2014
Saw this film at Edinburgh Film Festival and followed the webisodes, and found the film very light and funny, with a steady plot, but a must watch for any fan of the british pop culture.
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on 6 March 2014
Svengali tells the story of Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he's dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them... 'The Premature Congratulations'. He hunts them down and offers them his management services. They are young, arrogant, sexy and utterly magnificent. Putting their demo on a cassette tape, Dixie heads out onto the streets of London... Innocent, wide-eyed Dixie embarks on a roller coaster ride through the most infamous industry of them all. His partner and his sanity through it all is his soulmate Michelle (Vicky McClure). Every day is a battle for Dixie, totally broke and working for nothing to get his beloved band gigs, their egos grow with their stardom. The more successful The Prems get, the greater the chances are of Dixie losing them. He has to decide what are his real priorities in life... his love of music or his love for Michelle.

A great film with an excellent cast and brilliant soundtrack.
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on 24 August 2014
Confused film with very few laughs. Bad use of good actors. Characters you just can't believe in. Random and pointless elements to the plot. First bad review I have written in a long time due to the frustration of why people would give this film 5 stars. If you want to watch something in this genre watch 24 hour party people.
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on 19 March 2014
The film is funny, endearing, surreal, true to life, a real hit, as are the cast! Really, This Years Must See. Came away feeling, happy and positive!

Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure are a true inspiration and restore the faith of genuine, amazing people in life! Such grounded people, sound couple, who ooze personality and genuianity! A couple who always happy to address the public within their busy schedules.

I have ordered my copies, order yours, you will not be sorry with your purchase!!
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on 9 December 2014
Very disappointing and a waste of some fine actors; there is only so much actors of the caliber of Vicky Mclure can do with a poor screenplay and mediocre direction, although some fine cameo appearances by (an unbelievably young looking) Maxine Peake, Martin Freeman and Alan McGee (yes, he of Creation Records/Oasis fame) are very entertaining. A "feel-good" film? (as one reviewer enthusiastically described it) - I don't think so. An extremely frustrating film that had so much potential and failed to deliver - and the ending is the most frustrating part of all. Love conquers all. Really?? It certainly didn't conquer my boredom and irritation.
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on 20 April 2014
boring pile of cack . 1 star for the music as the acting and storyline are absolutely rubbish. this is my review so if u liked the film don't hate me this is only my opinion
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