Stoke on Trent ,1974 - Amidst power cuts, strikes and boot-boy aggro on the football terraces, restless JOE MCCAIN (MARTIN COMPSTON), is bored with the flatline tedium of a life thats going nowhere. He trudges through his Monday to Friday delivery van job, while pulling off some petty theft with his partner in crime and best friend RUSS MOUNTJOY (ALFIE ALLEN). Enter trainee hair-dresser JANE (NICHOLA BURLEY). Blonde, brassy, and moving to the beat of a music that opens the door to a whole new world of sound, movement and allnighter dancing at The Wigan Casino - the home of Northern Soul!

Joe persuades Russ to go with him to check it out. Once there, Joe is seduced by the music, the dancing, the drugs and Jane. He strikes up a friendship with MANDY (FELICITY JONES) a cute and spunky artist who is eager to help Joe become the cool soul boy he wants to be. She helps him learn the all important dance moves and a friendship quickly develops as she encourages him to open up and grow. Mandy falls for Joe who is swept along on this tide of pulsating dance and lust, finally finding somewhere he belongs.

As Joe falls deeper and deeper into the Northern Soul scene, his new paradise is threatened by Janes drug dealing boyfriend ALAN (CRAIG PARKINSON) and a crumbling friendship with Russ. A love triangle develops with Jane and Mandy, and Joe has to decide who he really wants in his life.

Scheduled for release in 2010...

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  • Enjoyed this movie, a lot better than I had anticipated. I just wanted to get up and dance along with them, but it's a dance I've never really mastered, until I have had a few sherries LOL! I would recommend any lovers of NS to make sure this is on their "to watch list", as it was so good and to endorse it further, the guy next to me, who used to go to Wigan Casino, seemed to approve also. I loved the way that they cut original casino footage into the movie flawlessly, in fact I would never have known that they had cut it in if I had not seen the original footage some years ago. Well done to all involved, only one miss casting IMHO.
  • Hi Stephen!, is seen to be a great movie,
    Hope to see you here soon.
  • We are going to see it on Monday 11th Oct, as it's the only showing we have in the area and it's still a 30 mile drive arrrgh! but sounds like it will be worth it :-)
    • Naa, its not worth a 30 mile treck Andrea. Just wait till it comes out on DVD ha ha.
  • You will enjoy it, it is a surprisingly good movie.

  • Saw this movie on Sunday....brill music, humour, dancing and good story loved it x
  • Went to see Soulboy on Friday night down at the GFT. Although the actual film may not feature in my top ten favourite films it was pretty enjoyable, and the music was good, which was probably the main reason I went to see it anyway. A lot of the Northern Soul songs featured are one's that just about everyone will be more than familiar with, so I don't imagine many people will be buying the soundtrack.

    After the screening Martin Compston did a Q&A session which was very good. He was saying that the budget for the film was only around £1 million, and that all the extra's gave their time for free. I won't repeat what he said about Stoke ha ha. Anyway, an enjoyable wee film that did well to capture the early 70s feel, and possibly the feel of the Northern Soul scene at that time.
    • I thought the film was brilliant Chris, well worth going to see, very entertaining, 9/10 from me.The dance "stand off" was a bit like "Zoolander" with Northern Soul music, funny as I thought, being Stoke in the '70's you know it would have been a "skwerr go" rumble,fight, there and then, but hey after all, it's a movie

  • Soul Boy will be playing in Glasgow Film Theatre Friday 1 – Sunday 3 October
    • Do you get in for nothing if you are wearing a simon, a pair of dan dares, and a pair of platforms ?
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