Northern soul movie in production

by Modculture 16 June, 2008


A film about the Wigan Casino is about to start filming…in Stoke. In fairness, the (as yet unnamed) movie is about a teenager from Stoke, with the city’s Kings Hall will be used to re-create the Wigan Casino.

The film is set in 1974 and stars Martin Compston (who played Liam in Ken Loach’s Sweet Sixteen) as Joe McCain, a bored and restless 17-year-old who has never left the confines of Stoke-on-Trent. He meets Jane, who introduces him to Northern Soul and ‘a whole world of exciting music and dance he never knew existed’.

No original soundtrack though – it’s set to be new versions of northern classics from the likes of Mark Ronson, Paul Weller, and The Dap-Kings. Filming starts in August,  with the movie due to premier in Edinburgh, followed by an appearance at Cannes.

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