London, England - May 16, 2012 --- It was announced today that BAFTA award winner Steve Coogan (“Tropic Thunder” “The Trip” “Our Idiot Brother” “24 Hour Party People”) will star in “Northern Soul” - the feature film about the 1970s underground music movement that took Northern England by storm.
James Lance (“Marie Antoinette”), Christian Mckay (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), Roisin Murphy (“What Richard Did”) have also joined the cast.
Director Elaine Constantine and producer Debbie Gray previously cast Elliot James Langridge and Josh Whitehouse as the leads while British singer Lisa Stansfield will play Langridge’s mother.
Robbie Little’s worldwide sales and distribution company, The Little Film Company is handling international sales for “Northern Soul” and introducing the project to buyers for the first time in Cannes.
Production is set to begin in early June in Bury, Bolton and Blackburn. Constantine and her crew will shoot in authentic Victorian dance halls to recreate the Wigan Casino, which back in its heyday hosted famous Northern Soul all-nighters.
The UK’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is providing funding for the film with support from private equity sources. Henry Normal (“24 Hour Party People”) serves as executive producer.
“Northern Soul” is the story of a youth culture which changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come. It tells the tale of a nightclub based movement which developed in bleak industrial North-West England, as the tail-end of mod culture delved ever deeper into black American soul music.
The film is an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life spent on the production line, they dream of going to America in a bid to discover the super-rare records that will help them become the best DJs on the Northern Soul scene. This difficult journey forces the two friends to confront undercurrents of rivalry, of violence and sex and drug use – the harsh realities behind the power of the decks – that test their loyalties and ambitions to the limit.
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