In the year of the Stone Roses’ record-breaking Heaton Park shows, Greater Manchester Film Festival (Fri 5 – Sun 7 Oct) hosts an event with a timely hometown flavour. Forthcoming British feature Spike Island follows a group of baggy teens in 1990, dreaming of rock stardom, avoiding school and planning a road-trip to the fabled Spike Island Roses gig in Widnes. Director of acclaimed Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (and music videos for Take That and long-term collaborators, Coldplay) Mat Whitecross will appear alongside screenwriter Chris Coghill (known for on-screen roles in 24 Hour Party People and Eastenders) to talk about the creative process behind the film. The film will not be screened in full, but special previews are promised ahead of the release next year plus guests appearances from the young, local cast.

Sun 7 Oct, Odeon Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS, 8pm, FREE – apply for tickets here: @SpikeIslandUK

Sun 7 Oct
Joe Cairns
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Thu 4 Oct 2012