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JULY 2015

WATCH: Steve Coogan Stars in ‘Northern Soul’ Trailer

WATCH: Pharrell at the Brit Awards: already over 500,000 views – all seeing kids and hearing “Northern Soul”

KALW San Francisco caught the uptempo vibe Northern Soul, after that region of England fell in love with rare ’60s R&B.;


The trailer for my film has finally hit the screen in The Guardian today! See the link below, I can’t believe it. I’ve spent a third of my life on this project. Please go and see it at the cinema. the list of cinemas will be published on here at some point this week. Elaine Northern Soul – Official Trailer Link : TRAILER


To celebrate the launch of the official Northern Soul soundtrack, we’ve linked up with promoters from around the country to create an All Weeker!

Join the best DJs on the scene for an amazing week of non-stop Soul. Go to to find out what event is taking place near you and when.


All-Weeker events happening between the 7th and the 14th September in celebration of the release of the Soundtrack for Northern Soul The film.
Sun 7th Morecambe – Vintage By The Sea Festival Richard Searling’s Northern Soul Room
Sun 7 Peebles Scottish True Soul Weekender (Nr Edinburg)
Weds 10th Leeds Central
Friday 12th Rhyl (Wigan Casino Anniversary) Weekender
Friday 12th Worksop Soul At The Swan
Friday 12th Redditch Soul And Motown Night (near Birmingham)
Friday 12th Soul At The Pie Hall nr Huddersfield.
Friday 12th Holbeach Hot Wax Soul Club Lincs
Friday 12th Sensible Soul Hove near Brighton
Friday 12th Hartlepool Northern Soul Club

Sat 13th Wolverhampton Goodyears Soul
Sat 13th Rugby All-nighter
Sat 13th Blackpool Tower Wigan Reunion All-nighter
Sat 13th Portsmouth Blue Lagoon
Sat 13th Kingston Soul Club Mini-Dayer
Sat 13th Chesterfield Northwings Northern Soul Night
Sat 13th Faithful City Soul At Archdales near Worcester
Sat 13th Manchester, Cheetham Hill Irish Centre – Soul Nite
Sat 13th London Hole In The Wall Club
Sat 13th Dundee Northern Soul Oldies Club (TBC)
Sat 13th Goin’ to a happening – Weston Super Mare
Sun 14th Manchester Twisted Wheel Club at Alter Ego club

JULY 24 2014

On 15th September Harmless Records will release the ‘Northern Soul’ film soundtrack as both a 2CD+DVD and 7” Vinyl box set.

The 2CD+DVD package features:
CD1: the soundtrack containing all the key Northern Soul tracks from the film
CD2: an additional CD of specially chosen Northern Soul tracks compiled by director Elaine Constantine
DVD: Elaine Constantine being interviewed about the making of the film by actor James Lance who plays top Northern Soul DJ Ray Henderson in the film plus other extras.
24 page booklet specially written by Gareth Sweeney

The 7” vinyl box set features:
All the Northern Soul tracks from the soundtrack plus one bonus track on 14 x 7” vinyl – 28 tracks total.
All vinyl presented in picture-sleeves featuring key scenes from the film
A 60-page hardback-bound book of carefully selected film stills
Packaged in a solid collectors heavy-duty box.

You can pre-order these packages now from Amazon

2CD + DVD version –
7” vinyl box set –

Or for a great value bundle of the 7” box set, a signed copy of the Northern Soul book by Director Elaine Constantine and an exclusive limited edition A3 print

JULY 01 2014

We are pleased to finally announce that our distributors have confirmed that Northern Soul the film will be released in cinemas in the UK in October 2014. There will be more information regarding dates and cinemas on this page soon.
Many thanks,
Northern Soul the film team.

MAY 14 2014

Tribute to Fran Franklin.
Below is a link to a tribute page for the wonderful Fran Franklin who passed away last Tuesday. There you can find out more information about the funeral on Friday (16th May, 4pm, at Golders Green Crematorium), and share memories & images, which will eventually be collated and printed out for Fran’s Mother & Son.

Please like and share your memories of this amazing woman.

FEBRUARY 28 2014

Below is a review from the preview screening of Northern Soul on Wednesday 26th Feb 2014, as part of the the BBC6 Music Festival.
(Photo-L-R. Mani, Elliot James Langridge, Lisa Stansfield, Ian Brown)

Northern Soul – BBC6 Festival and Cornerhouse Screening

Taken from Beatin’ Rhythm Record’s facebook page. Beatin’ Rhythm Records is one of Manchester’s leading independent record shops.

Northern Soul, the film!

Manchester’s Cornerhouse Cinema was the venue for the long-awaited first screening of Elaine Constantine’s new film Northern Soul.

A reported 10,000 people applied for tickets to the event, run as part of the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival Fringe. Only a few hundred got lucky, mostly from Greater Manchester and northern England.

And last night (Wednesday) the chosen few mingled with the stars and others associated with the production to see the results of years of meticulous planning and execution.

It’s fair to say it hits the mark – at last a credible film really getting to the heart of this incredible era of youth culture that still resonates today.

The storyline cleverly blends all the ingredients that defined the scene in the 1970s – from the obsessive record collecting, dancing and drug taking to the deeper aspects such as… well, the consequences of all of the above.

If you went to all-nighters at the time, it’s an emotional roller coaster ride that will hit you with the highs and lows, triumphs and tragedies all over again. If you didn’t go, it’s the closest you’ll get to ever understanding.

A documentary maker by profession, Elaine says her film had to be fictional to show the scene as a ‘cool thing.’ In other words, 40 years on, the original characters just can’t cut the mustard any more. And, of course, she is right.

She is also right to say that contemporary documentaries tend to focus in on those who have carried on the obsession and old stereotypes, which make it all seem weird to the rest of the world.

“The human interest is more real,” she said speaking in a question and answer session hosted by BBC broadcaster Stuart Maconie after the screening.

“It’s about the friendships and people pushing themselves to extremes to embrace the music.” With guidance from her producer Debbie Gray, Elaine has used both her film making skills and inside knowledge of the scene. It avoids becoming corny. It’s eloquent and believable.

Hands up those who felt like an emergency exit door from the mundane and norms of the time had been flung open when you had your first taste of the music down the local youth club.

And the film actually acknowledges that southerners went to Wigan (one is a main character), point out there were relatively few black people on the scene, and, oh yes, you could spot squad a mile off.

The Casino scenes shot at King George’s Hall in Blackburn capture the atmosphere and excitement brilliantly, with clever camera work and lighting playing their part. Elaine credits original Casino DJ Richard Searling with steering her in the right direction for the venue.

There is also a talented young cast to thank. They fully embrace the lives they portray – from the main players to all those who dance in the background. Their dedication is rewarded by the film’s authentic feel.

Enrolling and ‘training’ the dancers was a major operation that started four years before shooting. The youngsters learnt from more experienced shufflers and spinners (many of whom were at the Manchester preview) in sessions in London and Bolton.

Collecting all the original clothing over several years was also part of the painstaking process to get things right

Cameo roles for Steve Coogan, Lisa Stansfield and Ricky Tomlinson can only add weight to the project.

And what about the music? A fabulous sound track includes Shirley Ellis – Soul Time, Duke Browner – Crying Over You, The Salvadors – Stick By me Baby, Luther Ingram – Exus Trek, and many more.

Northern Soul will go on general release this year.

The sound track will be released on a box set of vinyl and CD. So watch this space.

Bridget Dakin