Steve Coogan appears as a teacher in the first trailer for the ’70s set love letter to the UK soul scene, Northern Soul. The film also stars Lisa Stansfield.
Northern Soul takes place in 1974 and follows two young Northern lads whose lives are transformed by the discovery of American soul music at a time when thousand of teenagers would dance the night away at venues like Wigan’s casino.
Director Elaine Constantine has pitched her film as the “story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come”.
Soul club nights in the North of the country were hugely popular in the ’70s and Constantine hopes her film will appeal to that generation’s club goers and reach out to a modern audience keen to learn more about the roots of UK club culture. The film’s poster reads: “If you were there, you’ll know. If you weren’t there, you’ll wish you had been.”
Northern Soul’s soundtrack features Edwin Starr’s ‘Back Street’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘This Love Starved Heart of Mine’ and is available now on CD and as a 7″ vinyl box set. The box set comes with a 60-page book featuring stills from the film.
Constantine has also published a book, ‘Northern Soul: An Illustrated History’, based on her research for the film featuring interviews with promoters, DJs and fans involved with the soul scene in the ’60s and ’70s.
Also starring John Thomson as a DJ and Ricky Tomlinson, Northern Soul is released in cinemas October 17 and available on DVD and Blu-ray from October 20. Watch the trailer below.