Spike Island


Screen visits the set of Mat Whitecross' Stone Roses-inspired coming-of-age film.

SPIKE ISLAND

Director: Mat Whitecross

Writer: Chris Coghill

Producers: Fiona Neilson and Esther Douglas of Fiesta Productions

Executive Producers: Chris Martin, Joe Oppenheimer, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Adam Kulick, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion

Cast: Elliott Tittensor (Shameless), Matthew McNulty (Misfits), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Lesley Manville (Another Year), Nico Mirallegro (Upstairs, Downstairs), Oliver Heald, Adam Long (Waterloo Road), Jordan Murphy, Chris Coghill [casting by Jane Ripley]

DoP: Chris Ross

Shoot: 5 weeks in Greater Manchester and also around the original Spike Island site in Widness.

Financing: BFI Film Fund [majority financing and also backed development], BBC Films, Head Gear/Bankside, Revolver Entertainment, Goldcrest, Coldplay (the band, which has collaborated with Whitecross)

UK/Irish rights: Revolver plans a release later in 2012

International Sales: Bankside

It's a trip back to Madchester, baggy jeans and all, in Mat Whitecross' new film Spike Island, about five young aspiring musicians who want to go see their heroes, the Stone Roses, play their seminal gig at Spike Island in the summer of 1990. Whitecross says the set has been buzzing with youthful exuberance of his five young leads (ranging in age from 20-24, not actual teenagers).

"It's nice hanging out with kids on set and buzzing from their energy... They've got an incredible amount of energy, so it's the nature of it, trying to harness it and getting them to do their own thing. It's great that young actors are constantly trying things out," Whitecross told Screen on set.

The project started with actor Chris Coghill, a Manchester native who played Bez in Michael Winterbottom's 2002 Madchester feature 24-Hour Party People. Producer Fiona Neilson, then at Revolution Films and now at Fiesta Productions, thought a story based on fans of the Roses could have wide appeal.

Neilson, who produces alongside her Fiesta partner Esther Douglas, says: "I think it's a phenomenal script. Chris is really amazing at writing characters and dialogue. It's funny but also touching...The references are Stand By Me meets This Is England in 1990s Manchester."

Even non-Roses fans will be able to appreciate the story, says Adam Long, who plays Little Gaz. "Lads are always goint to be the same, it's about growing up."

Oliver Heald, who plays Penfold, adds: "The language is natural, it flows. It's all about these lads that are 16, and we've all been 16 and remember what that's like."

Evidenced from Screen's day on set, these lads have a natural banter on camera and off. Adam Long, who plays Little Gaz, adds: "It's hard to define when a scene starts and ends." Murphy, who plays Zippy, agrees: "It's amazing, we've had nothing but banter. All we've done is laugh."

Long says Whitecross has kept the set relaxed: "It's such a chilled set. Mat's young himself and he understands actors well, he's mint."

Elliott Tittensor plays Tits, Nico Mirallegro plays Dodge, Jordan Murphy plays Zippy, Adam Long plays Little Gaz, and Oliver Heald plays Penfold.

Whitecross has lots of praise for these young actors. "It's hard to get it to feel natural with young actors sometime. There is a danger when people are starting out that they can be too actorly, but these guys strike the right balance. …

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