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Independent cinema at it's best!,
This review is from: Awaydays [DVD] (DVD)
If you are expecting Awaydays to be nothing more than a footie violence film along the lines of Green Streets and Football Factory you're very wrong! This is a beautiful coming of age film about two young lads (Elvis & Carty), who, in 1979 NW England, find themselves members of "The Pack", a gang of football fans who follow their team across the country (hence the title Awaydays) to cause trouble and fight rival fans. A pure independant British film, a friend of mine put it perfectly when he said "Awaydays doesn't look like a no-budget film as much as it looks like it was actually made in 1979". The film makers have gone to every effort to make the set, costume, haircuts and even the shots and lighting of the film feel like something thats come right out of 1979 (just look at the soundtrack to confirm this!), and as a result Awaydays has achieved something special that it's fellow genre films dont even attempt let alone succeed in doing. There is sex and violence that will appeal to fans of Football Factory etc (it didn't get Nuts film of the week for nothing) but this is also a film that has a depth that any lover of cinema will appreciate. Destined to become a cult classic along with the book, this is possibly this is the first DVD that is a must have for both art students and football fans.