Northern Soul

Set in 1974, an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.


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  • ★★★½ review by robyn on Letterboxd

    the scenes on the dance floor are electric but its wrapped inside a fairly uninteresting plot and absolutely bursting with average men whilst any girls of the scene are pushed to the sidelines, which is surprising.

  • ★★★★ review by mick culleton on Letterboxd

    Northern soul was a underground music scene set around American soul music that swepted northern England in the 1970s, When a teen outcast who gets introduced to the northern soul scene when he meets another outcast, together they become friends and set out to become the top DJs on the underground scene , Top coming of age drama about love, loss and acceptance

  • ★★★★½ review by rosiesmith on Letterboxd

    I basically want every item of clothing Matt wore in this film, what a groovy film. Similar to the boat that rocked, but with more drugs.

  • ★★★½ review by ristubasan on Letterboxd

    I love all the period details, and the music,and I guess that's the point. The disaffected youth, drug excess and bromance plot elements provide enough structure to support the aim, but are fairly light fare compared, say, to 'Control', which has some similar themes set in a similar milieu (albeit a very different musical genre) but with much deeper exploration.

  • ★★★½ review by jamawive on Letterboxd

    This is a labor of love clearly made by fans, and though it's a bit all over the place in terms of plot and pacing, it hangs together well enough thanks to the natural, intense and strong lead performances by wiry whippet Elliot James Langridge as John, and his cheerily wild speedfreak pal played by Josh Whitehouse. It's about the music, yes (killer soundtrack!), but also about finding a place and passion as a disaffected youth in a tedious adult world. Those funky dance moves will make your feet twitch in awed envy and send you to the Bruce Lee archives. That burgeoning obsessive love of a musical genre will remind you of your own crazed discovery of whatever bands kept you up nights when you were young. These friendships will harken you back to serendipitous meetings in your life that flipped hidden switches. A very satisfying nostalgia trip.

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