Northern Soul The Film premiers soon in Sweden. To say that I’m excited would be the understatement of the year. It’s a new British film about the dance culture that took the north of England by storm in the 1970s. Newcomer Elliot James Langridge stars as a Lancashire teenager whose life is transformed when he discovers the world of all-nighters, amphetamines and baggy trousers.
Northern Soul is the debut feature film from director Elaine Constantine, a documentary-maker and photographer known for her work with The Face.
The Northern Soul movement began in the late 1960s and was at its height in the mid-1970s. The most famous all-nighters were held at the Wigan Casino, with other towns and cities across the north and the Midlands hosting their own nights. White, working class kids danced to obscure black American soul records, developing their own fashions born out of the Mod era.
Northern Soul intends to appeal to those generations of fans while attracting a modern audience who can relate to youth culture from another era.
“If you were there, you’ll know. If you weren’t there, you’ll wish you had been.”