Northern Soul (2014) – British Historical Film About American Soul Music

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The British historical film Northern Soul is a surprise hit at the UK box office. It’s a drama set around 1970’s Britain when youth culture goes through a spin of change with outside influence and sets the tone for songwriters, producers, DJs, and music composers for decades to come.

The story of Northern Soul tells about two Northern boys who take the lead in that wave of change in youth culture in the 70s that changed a whole generation. The boys who dream to visit America discover the rare American soul music that changed their lives forever.

This film about British subcultures influenced by pre-existing movements is worth a watch. Although the plot of the film is very thin, its soundtrack accompanied by those glimpses of underground music and dance scene in the north captures the era beautifully.

The film Northern Soul intends to appeal a larger audience: to a generation of fans, for whom a piece of particular music or sound defined their youth while attracting today’s music lovers who can relate to youth culture from another era. If you were there, you’ll know. If you weren’t there, you’ll wish you had been.

Writer-Director of the film Elaine Constantine has done extensive research by meeting many people directly involved in the music scene of that era and even going back to the time of the Twisted Wheel in the late 60s. The film is further envisioned well with a talented young cast.

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Film: Northern Soul
Starring: Steve Coogan, Antonia Thomas, Christian McKay, Elliot James Langridge
Genre: Musical, Drama
Directed and written by
 Elaine Constantine
Released Date/Year: October 17, 2014

Is not it interesting to know that the Northern Soul is even older than funk and disco! In fact, there is no such American Northern Soul genre rather it’s a term coined by journalist Dave Godin who then was running a record shop named Soul City. He noticed that football fans from Northern England are more inclined towards the soulful music of the 60s over the modern funkier black American chart. 

This post is written, edited and published by the Cinecelluloid staff.

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