Spike Island Sunday, 29 March 2020

Spike Island

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    15 (UK): Contains very strong language, strong sex references and drug use.

  • The pitch:

    Foolish gold.

  • Starring:

    Elliott Tittensor, Emilia Clarke, Nico Mirallegro, Jordan Murphy, Adam Long, Oliver Heald, Chris Coghill, Matthew McNulty, Michael Socha, Lesley Manville, Philip Jackson, Steve Evetts

  • Directed by:

    Mat Whitecross

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are slapped, teased, punched, glassed, kicked, beaten. Pub brawl. A teen is beaten (implied), tormented by his father. Youth falls through window, broken glass. Graffiti, shoplifting, vehicle theft, burning car. Screaming. TV footage of willful property damage. Blood/gore: Blood on hand, blood on clothing, bruising. Coffin.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Teenage sex, undressing, kissing. Couple seen in back of van (sex implied). Man in underwear, youth in underwear. Frequent sexual references, banter and innuendo. Underage sex, fingering mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Buying/smoking weed, unknown pills consumed. Bag of marijuana, vial of methadone. Alcohol (beer, cider). Smoking (cigarettes, marijuana). Underage drinking. Bar setting. Ecstasy, speed mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, frequent f-words, s-words, bastard, w*nker. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Fan, teen, cultural, regional stereotypes. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES:

    The Stone Roses, Manchester, music, fans, song-recording, demos, family, domestic abuse, security, teen romance, mates, legacy, death, grief, teenage angst.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cancer-stricken father, deceased father. Deceased mother, PTSD mentioned. Hospital, funeral, church settings. IV drip seen. Campfires, fireworks. Farting. Vomit on clothing. Some fast-motion editing and camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Heartfelt, nostalgic, non-judgemental, vibrant, attractive, appealing, amusing. Uplifting gig scene, authentic sense of time and place, sporadically engaging, exuberant performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Clichéd, simplistic, trite, forgettable, hollow, flawed, messy, unconvincing, strained. Low-budget feel, artificial story, underdeveloped characters, wasted use of The Stone Roses tracks, overloaded with tropes, embarrassing dialogue, irritating nicknames, limited audience appeal, signposted plot, not enough archival footage of actual Spike Island gig.

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