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"Northern Soul" the Movie

Northern Soul is a music and dance movement that was born in Britain in the early 70s. It inspired a movie of the same name which will be screened at TIFF on Friday and Saturday. White working class kids who lived in northern UK cities like Wigan, Blackpool and Manchester would converge on clubs like The Casino and The Mecca that played obscure black soul from the States on weekends. They dressed sharp as tacks and invented their own dances which were highly acrobatic. "Northern Soul", the movie, is the directorial debut by Elaine Constantine, a well-known British photographer who was heavily into the scene and says the film is based on her personal experiences and those of her friends. The film tells the story of John, a teenage outcast in Lancashire, whose has an epiphany after he hears Northern Soul music at a youth club. His life changes radically after he meets up with Matt, a hardcore soul fan. Matt turns him onto the music, transforms how he dresses, takes him to all-nighters and introduces him to drugs. Not only does Elaine perfectly capture the drudgery of John's life in small-town Lancashire but the music and footage of kids dancing really makes the film jump.

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