Friday, 21 November 2008

AWAYDAYS: THE NEW TRAINSPOTTING?



Based on Kevin Sampson's cult novel, AWAYDAYS is set for UK cinema release in March 2009, after two sell-out screenings at the recent London Film festival. Sampson wrote AWAYDAYS in 1982, but it would be 16 years later before the book was picked up and released. The story is set in late 1979, some six months into Margaret Thatcher's first term which, for many people, was "like watching a virus take hold". The main character, Paul Carty, is 19 and heavily into football and music. Following his mother's death, Paul is offered a way into 'The Pack'; a gang of football hooligans who travel the country seeking confrontation with rival firms. As Paul sinks deeper and deeper into his new lifestyle, relationships threaten to explode amidst paranoia and jealousy.


With a soundtrack boasting songs from Joy Division, Magazine, Wire and The Cure, together with other UK bands, AWAYDAYS promises to be a vibrant, vital slice of British culture and a must-see for those who were there and those who remain curious about the era.

6 comments:

  1. That seems really cool. Sounds like it's going to have a killer soundtrack. I wonder if it would hit the States or not. Have a good weekend.

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  2. I would think it will get a DVD release in the USA, Keith. I reckon it will do very well over here, which should give it a push in other countries. Hope you have a good weekend, too.

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  3. wire, jd, magazine...i'll go see it just to hear it.

    btw, thanks for linking us!

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  4. Kotto, yep gotta be worth it for the soundtrack alone.
    Cheers for stopping by.

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  5. looking at the screencap there it doent look very 1979, I was a young skinhead then and still would consider myself a skinhead and if I remember correctly the bonehead look was not that common but skins mostly went for the american crew cut and if it was clippers then it would be to size 1 2 or 3. Okay the to the wood look was about but not as common as is suggested in screen cap- I think This Is England got the look of the times about right.

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  6. Good point, Nigel. Shane Meadows really nailed it, I agree, and Rise Of The Footsoldier is also pretty accurate.

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