Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Roses Movie Is 'Love Letter to the Band' ; Film Relives Famous Spike Island Gig Script Is Personal Nod to Music Heroes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Roses Movie Is 'Love Letter to the Band' ; Film Relives Famous Spike Island Gig Script Is Personal Nod to Music Heroes

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THE writer of the new film based on the Stone Roses' legendary Spike Island gig has described the project as his 'love-letter' to the band. Chris Coghill has written the script for the coming-ofage movie, Spike Island, which follows a group of friends as they journey to see their heroes on the stage. Prestwich-born Coghill was 15 when his favourite band played the outdoor gig, near Widnes, in 1990, but missed out on tickets - because he was let down by a mate the day before. But he told the M.E.N. he hopes his new movie will finally lay the ghosts of disappointment to rest - as the lads in the film are able to do what he never managed. The film was shot on locations across the north west earlier this year, including Northern Quarter emporium Afflecks, and producers hope it will be released next March. Coghill, who worked in the Afflecks Palace cafe in 1991-92 and played Happy Mondays dancer Bez in 24 Hour Party People, is now preparing to talk about the film at an exclusive event, being held as part of the first-ever Greater Manchester Film Festival. …

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