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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 05.28.13] United Kingdom music drama

To anyone who scratched their heads at the news that the newly reunited Stone Roses would headline the 2013 Coachella Music Festival, pay attention. Spike Island, the new film by Mat Whitecross, should put the band's legacy in perspective as they remain perhaps the most quintessential Manchester band in terms of attitude and music.

Not to be confused with Shane Meadows' Made of Stone documentary, Spike Island is a coming-of-age film about a group of young Mancunians who will stop at nothing to see the Stone Roses perform their now historic show.

School is nearly out for summer (and forever) for five 16-year-old Lads from Manchester. A nostalgic snaphot of Britain in the early 1990's this is a fictional story set against a real event - UK band The Stone Roses' legendary gig of May 27th 1990 at Spike Island in Widnes.

The film follows the exploits of Stone Roses fans, and wannabe band SHADOWCASTER Gary 'Tits' Titchfield, Darren 'Dodge' Howard, Chris 'Zippy' Weeks, 'Little' Gaz Duffy and 'Penfold' Andrew Peach.'

Nothing will stop our boys from seeing their heroes on stage, this is the story of their journey and the 72 hours across which their friendships are tested and their future is shaped - together or apart

Spike Island opens in the UK on 21 June 2013.

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